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y separately published work icon Haunted by the Past single work   autobiography  
Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999 Haunted by the Past
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'The story of Ginibi's son Nobby, who has been in and out of prisons since he was an adolescent - most famously, he was involved with an escape from Long Bay in 1974. With the bias of motherlove, Ruby Langford Ginibi tracks the system's failed attempts to brutalize her son and other young black men.' (Publication summary)

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  • Dedication: I dedicate this book to my son Nobby and to every mother's son or daughter who has fallen foul of the Westminster system of justice that came with the first squatters and settlers in 1788. Those laws are not our Koori laws - our laws were the first laws of this land. Since we Kooris are invaded people, we have always had to conform to other people's laws, rules and standards - we were never allowed to be ourselves as Aboriginal people.

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    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1999 .
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      Extent: 182p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9781864487589

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— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 3 no. 1 2012; (p. 87-100)
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Tribute to Ruby Langford Ginibi Derek Mortimer , 2012 single work prose
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 3 no. 1 2012; (p. 42-46)
Black and White : In Search of an ‘Apt’ Response to Indigenous Writing Robin Freeman , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
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Pride that Chips Away at Predjudice Carmel Bird , 1999 single work review
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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 218 2000; (p. 20)

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The Getting of Wisdom Ian Henderson , 2000 single work review
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Institutional Structures and Individual Agency : Writing with, about, and to Aboriginal Authors Penny Van Toorn , 2001 single work essay
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Drawing on her own experience, van Toorn in this paper considers the ways in which colonial power relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people are reproduced inadvertently through the institutionalised routines of academic life, and in archival institutions and the publishing industry.
'The Killing Times Are Still with Us' : Readings of Truth in Ginibi's Haunted by the Past Alisoun Neville , 2002 single work criticism
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Black and White : In Search of an ‘Apt’ Response to Indigenous Writing Robin Freeman , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
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Tribute to Ruby Langford Ginibi Derek Mortimer , 2012 single work prose
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 3 no. 1 2012; (p. 42-46)
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