Aunties and Uncles Digital Stories project

The Our Aunties and Uncles Digital Stories Project was supported through funding from the Australian Government's Your Community Heritage Program.

The project recorded the stories of four significant Elders in Logan, in their own voices. The Elders were selected through consultation with the Nyeumba Meta Advisory Group. The stories of Aunty Eileen Williams, Aunty Robyn Williams, Uncle Reg Knox and Aunty Flora Cook were filmed and recorded during 2013.

Aunty Eileen and Aunty Robyn Williams

Eileen and Robyn Williams are Yugambeh Elders who live in Logan City. They are Yugambeh Traditional Owners and descendants of Bilin Bilin, known as King of the Logan. They grew up in Mount Gravatt, Brisbane with their sister Loris and three brothers.

Aunty Loris Williams was a well-known advocate for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to use archives to connect with their families, country and Indigenous identity.

In this digital story, the Williams sisters talk about how their father was free while their mother lived under The Act – the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 (QLD).

The sisters speak the Yugambeh language (see the Indigenous Languages Map of Queensland). During Aunty Eileen's teaching career, she taught the Yugambeh language in local schools. Aunty Robyn is also an educator and works on many homework programs in Logan primary schools. Education and the attainment of knowledge is an over-arching theme for the Williams family.

To find out more about the Yugambeh people and their history, visit the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre.

Aunty Eileen and Aunty Robyn Williams video transcript

Uncle Reginald (Reg) Knox

Uncle Reg grew up on Toomelah Aboriginal Mission near Boggabilla under The Act – the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 (QLD).

Uncle Reg was one of nine children. His father fought and died in World War II.

Uncle Reg's interest in art began as a small child. He speaks the Kamilaroi language (see the Indigenous Languages Map of Queensland).

Uncle Reg has received numerous awards over the years, including:

  • the Quiet Achievers Award
  • the Arts Award in 1999
  • Logan City Citizen of the Year in 2000
  • the 2009 NAIDOC award for Aboriginal Elder of the Year
  • mention in the Australia Day Awards in 2010 in recognition of his community work and promotion and enhancement of educational and vocational opportunities for young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

Uncle Reg was inducted into Logan's Wall of Acclaim in 2004.

Uncle Reg passed away in April 2020. His daughter, Missy Knox, and his wife Beverley, have given their support for the library’s stories and collections of Uncle Reg to stay in the public domain.  

For more information about Uncle Reg, read the Griffith University article Mr Reginald Knox.

Uncle Reg Knox video transcript

Aunty Flora Cook

Aunty Flora Cook is a Torres Strait Islander who was born on Thursday Island. She traces her roots to Erub (Damley Island), where her parents were born. As eldest of five children, Aunty Flora has two brothers and two sisters.

Aunty Flora first moved to Brisbane from the Torres Strait to train as a kindergarten teacher. She returned to Thursday Island and taught there for 10 years. During the 1980s, she  moved to Logan.

Aunty Flora is passionate about the preservation and promotion of the history and cultural heritage of Torres Strait Islander people. Her lifetime achievement has been performing and teaching traditional dance and song. She has taught these songs and dances in many local schools in the Logan area and all over Brisbane. She has been a member of the Brisbane dance and song group, Keriba Mabaigal, which shares Torres Strait Islander culture, language and heritage.

Aunty Flora shares Torres Strait culture with young people by teaching traditional weaving, beading and lei-making.

More information on the Torres Strait Islands can be found:

Aunty Flora Cook video transcript