|Born||31 October 1955|
Ngarrindjeri lands, South Australia, Australia
|Died||17 February 2010 54)(aged|
|Genres||Folk, blues, roots|
|Associated acts||Archie Roach, Amos Roach, Wesley Brigham|
Ruby Charlotte Margaret Hunter (31 October 1955 –17 February 2010) was an Aboriginal Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist. She was a Ngarrindjeri woman, who often performed with her partner, Archie Roach AM, whom she met at the age of 16, while both were homeless teenagers. Born near the mouth of the Murray River in the Coorong region of South Australia, Hunter was forcibly taken from her family at the age of eight as part of the Stolen Generation.
Hunter first performed in public in 1988 during a festival at Bondi Pavilion in Sydney, where she performed "Proud, Proud Woman," the first song she had written.In 1990, she wrote the autobiographical "Down City Streets", which was performed by Roach on his debut solo album Charcoal Lane. In 1994, Hunter became the first Indigenous Australian woman to record a solo "rock" album, and the first Aboriginal woman signed to a major record label, when she released her debut album Thoughts Within.
She made her acting debut in One Night the Moon . With Roach and Paul Grabowsky, she wrote and performed the concert "Ruby's Story", which tells her life story through song and spoken word.
At the 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards, Hunter was inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Hunter was the author of Butcher paper, texta, black board and chalk, a children's song-book which features Aboriginal songs about land, health and life. Many of the songs were written through song writing and music workshops held by Hunter and Roach with children across Cape York in Queensland.[ citation needed ]
In 2005, Hunter was invited by Deborah Conway to take part in the Broad Festival project, with three other Australian female artists, where they performed their own and each other's songs.With Hunter and Conway were Sara Storer, Katie Noonan and Clare Bowditch.
As a child, Hunter lived with her brothers, Wally, Jeffrey and Robert, and sister Iris, with their grandmother and grandfather at the Aboriginal reserve at Point McLeay (later called Raukkan) on Lake Alexandrina in the Coorong region of South Australia. One day, Wally was taken off the street by government officials, and then the men took the rest of the children from their home, under the pretext that they were being taken to the circus. Thereafter Ruby lived in institutions and foster care, as one of the Stolen Generations, before drifting to Adelaide, staying for a spell at the Salvation Army's "People's Palace",where she met Roach. They later had two sons and fostered three children.
Hunter died of a heart attack on 17 February 2010, aged 54.Her partner Archie Roach established "Ruby's Foundation" to help continue her legacy. The foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for Aboriginal people through the promotion, celebration and support of Aboriginal arts and culture.
| Ruby |
(with Archie Roach, Australian Art Orchestra & Paul Grabowsky)
The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1995||Thoughts Within||ARIA Award for Best Indigenous Release||Nominated|
|2000||Feeling Good||ARIA Award for Best Indigenous Release||Nominated|
The Deadly Awards, commonly known simply as The Deadlys, was an annual celebration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community. The ran from 1995 to 2013.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|Deadly Awards 2000||herself||Female Artist of the Year||Won|
|Deadly Awards 2003||herself & Archie Roach||Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music||awarded|
|Deadly Awards 2004||Ruby(with Archie Roach and Paul Grabowsky )||Excellence in Film & Theatrical Score||Won|
The National Indigenous Music Awards recognise excellence, innovation and leadership among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians from throughout Australia. They commenced in 2004.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2020||herself||Hall of Fame||inductee|
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