Ngankiburka-mekauwe (Senior Woman of Water) Georgina Williams has just been awarded the David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer by the State Library of Queensland for her autobiography ‘Mekauwe=Tears Volume #1 (Notes for Song) 1970-2020’
The Judges described the book as “a journey through Georgina’s life. Much of her writing is hard hitting, old school political observation but amongst it, there is a work that is incredibly poignant. Written over 50 years, this is a wailing and a proclamation at once, by a writer, activist and strong Kaurna/Narrunga woman. “
Ngankiburka-mekauwe (Senior Woman of Water) Georgina Williams is a Senior/Elder Clan Custodian/Traditional Owner. Georgina grew up on Point Pearce Mission, Yorke Peninsula (her Mother Country: Adgadurah).
Georgina is a survivor of the dispossessed–Mullawirra Meyunna (the Dry Forest People) Southern Pangkara, her father’s country. Through her Kaurna/Narrunga grandparents Georgina grew up with Aboriginal knowledge and traditional relationship to country, reclaiming the spiritual and cultural responsibility of her clan.
Georgina maintains care for country and traditional lore/law of the land by reclaiming the Tjirbruki Dreaming, of her father’s country. Georgina has been a poet, singer, writer, dancer and theatre director.