Shirley Coleen Smith (Mum Shirl)

Shirley Coleen Smith (Mum Shirl) (1921 – 1998) social worker and humanitarian activist
Better known as Mum Shirl, was a prominent Wiradjuri woman, social worker and humanitarian activist committed to justice and welfare of Aboriginal Australians. She was a founding member of the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Aboriginal Medical Service, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the Aboriginal Children’s Service and the Aboriginal Housing Company in Redfern.


Better known as Mum Shirl, was a prominent Wiradjuri woman, social worker and humanitarian activist committed to justice and welfare of Aboriginal Australians. She was a founding member of the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Aboriginal Medical Service, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the Aboriginal Children’s Service and the Aboriginal Housing Company in Redfern, a suburb of Sydney. During her lifetime she was recognised as an Australian National Living Treasure.

“Mum Shirl” was an integral and committed part of the Catholic Church of St Vincent’s Redfern with the renowned Father Ted Kennedy. She was a devout Catholic and a mistress of the bon mot: one of her favourites being “There’s nothing out of plumb with the Catholic religion; it’s the way Catholics practise it”. Local priest Father Kennedy said that she had “a capacity to comfort the afflicted but never suggested that she would not afflict the comfortable”. Smith also gave regularly of her time to visit Australian (largely) Caucasian schools and communities as part of educating the broader Australian community on Aboriginal issues and concerns. In the late 1960s, Mum Shirl began as an adviser for the Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Sydney.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mum_Shirl

Much more information at:
http://ia.anu.edu.au/biography/smith-shirley-coleen-mum-shirl-17817

Influential Australian aboriginal Christians
https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/influential-australian-aboriginal-christians/

Influential Catholics
https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/influential-catholics/
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