My name is Lois Peeler, I’m a Yorta Yorta woman and I live in the Melbourne suburb of Nunawading.
My father and mother lived on Cummeragunja and people at that time were becoming politically motivated because of the treatment, because of the activities that were happening under the government policies at the time with the removal of children and so forth.
Well, my mother Geraldine Briggs and my father, Selwyn Briggs, were very much a team.
My mother was very active in trying to bring about improvements for our people. Her sister of course, Aunty Marg Tucker was very active in Melbourne. My father was the cousin of Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls.
Uncle Doug was with the Aborigines Advancement League in Melbourne and my parents set up a regional branch.
The Aborigines Advancement League was our organisation that worked to meet the needs of the Aboriginal community.
The AAL is still like the place. It’s a place where Aboriginal people gather and yeah, it’s still a very important organisation here.
My mother Geraldine Briggs was a very personable woman, she did have the ability to bring women together, and to... women from all walks of life.
Having the ability to voice the issues in a manner that, you know, politicians would listen to I think was another important strength.
She had a strong belief in education which I think has been passed on to us.
We need to ensure that our young people have the education to be able to… they need to be able to hold on to their Aboriginal identity, but also to be able to step into, you know, the mainstream.
So have a foot in both camps if you like.