Thousands of family, friends and colleagues have farewelled Aboriginal elder Aunty Josie Agius at a funeral service in Port Adelaide.
South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le and Premier Jay Weatherill were among those present to mourn the passing of the 81-year-old community leader.
Aunty Josie was a Narungga, Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and Ngadjuri leader and among the South Australia’s first Aboriginal health workers and Aboriginal education workers.
She helped develop cultural protocols for hospitals, community health services and schools.
Born at Wallaroo, she grew up at Point Pearce and later moved to Adelaide.
Aunty Josie worked as an Aboriginal education workers at Taperoo Primary School, was patron of the NAIDOC awards and championed reconciliation.
Aunty Josie Agius was highly respected across South Australia and the nation for her inexhaustible commitment to Aboriginal people, especially children and young people.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kyam Maher
Aunty Josie also became well known throughout South Australia for her Aboriginal Welcomes to Country in the traditional Kaurna language.
Aunty Josie was a great champion for Reconciliation and had a deep commitment to sharing her culture with non-Aboriginal Australians.