Moderator’s Pastoral Note – Vale – Margaret S Bain

March 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

We are saddened by the passing of Margaret Bain who went to glory on 14th March 2018. Margaret passed away at Flynn Lodge in Alice Springs, some of her family were able to be with her.

Our Synod extends deepest sympathies to Margaret’s family and friends, especially people in Central Australia where Margaret worked for many years.

Margaret will be remembered for many things, but particularly for her years of dedicated work with Indigenous peoples in their homeland areas. In her book, White Men are Liars, Margaret is described as follows :

Margaret Bain had enjoyed  20 years working alongside Aboriginal people in remote communities – 4 years in north Queensland, 17 years in central Australia, and between times, some years at Monash University where she took out a post graduate degree in Anthropology.  This study, together with a functional grasp of Pitjantjatjara, has helped her to hear, and to analyse, and to write down what aboriginals have been teaching her, in particular during her years as a community advisor in central Australia.

We give thanks for Margaret and her service to God. Her support for Indigenous peoples is legendary and she will be sorely missed by many.

Funeral details to be advised.

To God be the Glory.

Thresi Mauboy