Ruth Jurss

Ruth's mother Barbara Helen was from Northern Territory Daly River the Larrikia people and her father Edward Scully is from Borroloola, Northern Territory. After meeting, Edward was sent to war. Upon his return the family moved to South Australia to escape the war and bombings in Darwin.

Ruth was born in Balaklava, South Australia and then moved with her family to Wacol in Brisbane. After a number of years, the time Edward spent at war took its toll on Edward and the marriage - Ruth's parents separated. At this time, Ruth and her 6 youngest siblings went into Government care, and were placed in a Christian home at Dalby.

During this time, Ruth attended school until year 8, and then worked on a farm at Wondoan. To this day, Ruth has fond memories of the farm and the family, and still remains in touch with some of these family members. From there, Ruth, with plans of becoming a missionary, briefly went to an Aboriginal Bible College in Singleton, NSW.

Ruth met her husband in Brisbane, got married, and had her own family. Today Ruth's children have families of their own, and Ruth is a proud grandmother to 8 grandchildren!

For the past 10 years, "Aunty Ruth" has worked as a Teacher Aide at Urangan State High School. During this time, Ruth loved working with and mentoring the young people, and she found this a very fulfilling time in her life.

Today, Ruth is working at Community Solutions, and assists job seekers to find employment. Ruth is also an active member of the community and engages in a number of ongoing community events - and is currently part of the organising committee for the upcoming NAIDOC celebrations in Hervey Bay.

Although she has retired 3 times (or tried to), Ruth continues to have a strong desire to help others. Ruth works tirelessly to support the community, to be successful, and to be proud of their culture. Ruth is a wonderfully quiet spoken woman in the community, who is well liked and respected. She is a wonderful example of someone to aspire to!