• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE1247

Cummings, Barbara

(1948 – 2019)
  • Nationality Australian
  • Born 1 January, 1948, Darwin Northern Teritory Australia
  • Died 1 September, 2019, Darwin Northern Territory Australia
  • Occupation Child welfare worker, Welfare worker, Writer


Barbara Cummings, a member of the Stolen Generations, was brought up in the Retta Dixon Home. She graduated in social work and community development before working with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Northern Territory Government. She was involved with a number of organisations in a voluntary capacity and played a crucial role in the establishment of Karu, the Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Agency in Darwin.

In 1991 Cummings received the Aboriginal of the Year award. She is the author of Take This Child which exposes the history of the removal of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory.

Barbara Cummings passed away in September 2019, aged 71. Many have paid tribute to the trailblazing Territorian, who became a powerful voice in Aboriginal affairs in Australia.

Published resources

  • Book
    • The Black Grapevine: Aboriginal Activism and the Stolen Generations, Briskman, Linda, 2003
    • Murawina : Australian women of high achievement, Roberta Sykes ; photography by Sandy Edwards, 1993
  • Book Section
    • Talking history, Cummings, Barbara, 1997
  • Resource

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