JACK OF HEARTS
Ngaire Jarro (nee Huggins) is from Bidjara/Birri Gubba Juru nations. Born in Ayr, where she spent her younger years, Ngaire grew up in a close-knit family in Brisbane and has been an educator for more than 25 years. Her driving passion is to teach and share her Aboriginal culture with students, holding a strong belief that sharing stories in early years will not only educate future generations but provide a more inclusive society for all.
Ngaire and her sister Jackie Huggins have recently published ‘Jack of Hearts’ (2022), a tender biographical account about the life of their father, Jack Huggins, drawn from their mother’s stories and research, including research conducted in the Burdekin. Her father Jack Huggins was an integral part of the Ayr community, described as a “tall, handsome man, an excellent football player, a lifesaver, and the first Aboriginal man to work in the Ayr Post Office”. He tragically died at 38 in 1958 from war-inflicted injuries, leaving his young family bereft.
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