Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tweed Pioneer Farewelled; Guard of Honour for Aunty

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tweed Pioneer Farewelled; Guard of Honour for Aunty

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Byline: Daniel McKenzie Daniel.McKenzie@tweeddailynews.com.au

INDIGENOUS rights pioneer and Tweed resident of almost 70 years, Aunty Phyllis Corowa, was farewelled with a guard of honour at Chinderah on Friday.

More than 150 people lined Wommin Bay Rd to pay their respects, while family and mourners marched behind Aunty Phyllis' hearse as it made its way along the Chinderah riverfront to Corowa Park, named in her honour.

Aunty Phyllis, 95, who died peacefully at her Chinderah home on Sunday, is remembered for her pioneering work as a founding member of the Australian South Sea United Council (now the Tweed South Sea Islander Association, TWSIA).

Niece Louise Togo, who remembers Aunty Phyllis fondly for her work in providing her people with

a voice, said her Aunty was always held in the highest regard.

"She was such an activist in a generation that was really well known and respected," Miss Togo said.

"While she was an activist for Aboriginal and South Sea Islander human rights, she was very graceful, was a lady and was highly respected. …

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