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Aunty Joyce Smith’s biography presented to library

Councillor George Seymour and Aunty Joyce Smith look at her biography which has been presented to the Hervey Bay Library.
Councillor George Seymour and Aunty Joyce Smith look at her biography which has been presented to the Hervey Bay Library. Alistair Brightman

THE one and only copy of Aunty Joyce Smith's biography, Butchulla Marum is now available at the Hervey Bay Library.

The book about the oldest living Butchulla woman and elder on the Fraser Coast was written by the late award-winning journalist and reporter for the Chronicle, Toni McRae.

Aunty Smith and Ms McRae took a year to complete the book which tells stories of Aunty Smith's childhood and the history of the Butchulla people on the Fraser Coast.

"I'm grateful to Toni for tracing my Scottish ancestry and hearing my stories," she said.

"I've known Toni for four years and my heart broke when I heard of her passing."

Cr George Seymour who officiated the launch yesterday said the book is a fantastic read that reflects the culture of the region.

"We are in talks of getting more copies printed so everyone gets a chance to read the stories," he said.

Topics:  biography, book, hervey bay library




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