Cairns City Library Literary Trail G
Sarah Austin

Author: Ellie Gaffney

Ellie Gaffney (1932-2007) was the first identified Torres Strait Islander to qualify as a nursing sister. She later became prominent in the Torres Strait Island Media Association and as a member of the Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. 

The border of the design is based on Torres Strait Island engravings, representing her heritage. The centre is a red cross to represent her nursing career, and the background is of woven basket, to signify the strength of the women of the Torres Strait as represented by women like Ellie Gaffney.

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