Ossie Cruse

Ossie Cruse (1933 – ) Aboriginal leader
Since converting to Christianity in 1962, Pastor Uncle Ossie Cruse has devoted his life to improving the lives and rights of Indigenous Australians on a national level. But now at 83, he’s focussing on the rehabilitation of troubled youth in his home country around Eden, New South Wales.

Ossie Cruse was a 34-year-old father of three during the historic 1967 Referendum, in which more than 90 per cent of Australians voted in favour of amending the Australian Constitution in support of Aboriginal people. Now a distinguished Elder, he vividly recalls the hardships caused by segregation and the extreme racism experienced during his youth.

Since converting to Christianity in 1962, Pastor Uncle Ossie Cruse has devoted his life to improving the lives and rights of Indigenous Australians on a national level. But now at 83, he’s focussing on the rehabilitation of troubled youth in his home country around Eden, New South Wales.

And he’s doing this through a project called “Healing Through Learning” which helps young people to re-engage with their Aboriginal culture. An integral part of the project is the development of the Bundian Way, an ancient ancestral pathway scattered with Indigenous artefacts and early European settler ruins, which he hopes will become a cultural tourism pilgrimage.
http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2016/s4662523.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2017/s4680646.htm

Pastor Ossie Cruse AM
A prominent member of the Bega Valley’s Aboriginal community, Pastor Ossie Cruse MBE of Eden, has been made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours.

Pastor Cruse was honoured for his service to the indigenous community, particularly in the areas of social justice, spiritual welfare, health and land rights.
http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/1019368/pastor-ossie-cruse-am/

Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship of Australia
http://www.aef.org.au/about.html

See also
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ossie_Cruse

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