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Joyce Ingram was born in Batemans Bay in 1922 but had spent most of her life in Redfern. She passed away in 2012. Joyce was an original resident of the first urban land grant from the Whitlam Government to the Aboriginal Housing Company, the land was later known as The Block in Redfern. The film My Home The Block featured Joyce’s struggles to help her community. She contributed her life’s work to the Aboriginal community, including supporting young women coming from the country as well as mob in detention and prison, and representing tenants in The Block.

Joyce helped establish the Murawina Child Care Centre in Redfern and realise the Redfern Community Centre where she cut the ribbon when the centre was opened in March 2004 by the then-Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir. Joyce was given an Honorary Doctorate of Aboriginal Affairs in recognition of her lifelong contribution and commitment to Aboriginal affairs.

Sydney Elders -  Auntie Joyce Ingram
Portrait of Auntie Joyce Ingram Image: Mervyn Bishop
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