Many years ago I was startled by a poster on a wall, which said: “White Australia has a black history.”
That poster jolted me out of my comfortable white view of the world, as I had never been taught to think that way as I grew up in a sheltered white suburbia.
Since then I have realised more and more just how “black” that history has been and what consecutive governments have done to conceal the truth in the name of white Australia.
This is the story of five generations of an Aboriginal family as they have unwittingly and also knowingly struggled against annihilation. Australia has recently been facing an awakening of race relations in respect to Indigenous people and although we are being called upon to soon vote in a referendum to recognise Aboriginal people in the Constitution, many people remain blissfully ignorant of the true facts.
There’s an old song about the streets of London which says: “let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London, I’ll show you something that will help you change your mind.”
Please take my hand and come with me on a journey through the streets of our past. I will show you something that will help you change your mind...
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About the Author
I am married to Cedric and we live in Queensland. I don't have any children of my own, but I have always loved children and am honoured today to be called Aunty, Mum and Nanna by many children. I want the very best for all of them.
I have also always loved writing and I hope this book is more than just a story to you, as it is to me.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: The Leaving 1
Chapter Two: Looking Back 11
Chapter Three: Pathway to Australia 19
Chapter Four: Northward Bound 29
Chapter Five: Billy Doherty 41
Chapter Six: Charlotte 79
Chapter Seven: Katie 103
Chapter Eight: Kanaks 151
Chapter Nine: Removal 161
Chapter Ten: Dormitories 169
Chapter Eleven: NOT My Island Home 181
Chapter Twelve: Ernest Gribble 189
Chapter Thirteen: Church 197
Chapter Fourteen: T.O.B.Y. 201
Chapter Fifteen: The Riot 207
Chapter Sixteen: School 211
Chapter Seventeen: Boy Scouts 219
Chapter Eighteen: Other Islands 221
Chapter Nineteen: Some Palm Island Happenings 225
Chapter Twenty: Camp Life 231
Chapter Twenty-One: The Curry Story 237
Chapter Twenty-Two: Escape at Last 241
Chapter Twenty-Three: The Reluctant Stockman 245
Chapter Twenty-Four: Some Stockman History 253
Chapter Twenty-Five: Looking for Work and On The Run 257
Chapter Twenty-Six: Destination Mareeba 265
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Horizons Beyond 273
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Mareeba Again 279