Prisoner in Paradise

Prisoner in Paradise

by Sally Dudley


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Prisoner in Paradise by Sally Dudley

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995421554
Publisher: Initiate Media Pty Ltd
Publication date: 09/06/2017
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Hi, my name is Sally and I belong to the "baby boomers" generation. My parents met and married after serving in the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) in World War 2. They built a house in Perth W.A. and had four children, of whom I was the third. My turbulent teenage years finally led to me becoming a Christian when I was 18 years old.
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

Bibliography 283

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