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Anderson, Edward Warrigal

Anderson was born in Victoria, Australia and named after a dingo that witnessed his birth. When he was 10 years old he ran away from Moonee Ponds to escape government agents in the area to ... [more]

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

For several decades from the 1920s to the 1960s, the Australian government operated a deliberate policy of cultural genocide, taking young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children fro... [more]

Burnum, Burnum

Burnum was born Harry Penrith (he took an Aboriginal name after his great grandfather in 1976) into a nomadic Aboriginal family at Wallaga Lake, New South Wales. When his mother died soon a... [more]

Carmody, Kev

Carmody was initially raised in Queensland with his family. His father was Irish and his mother an Aboriginal woman. Aged nine, he was separated from them and became one of the Stolen Gener... [more]

Clare, Monica

Clare was born in Dareel, Queensland, to an English mother and an Aboriginal shearer, Beatrice Scott and Ron McGowan. Her mother died in childbirth when she was seven years old and she and ... [more]

Dodson, Michael

Michael Dodson, brother of Patrick , was born in Katherine, Australia. His parents died in 1960 and he was sent to Monivae College, Hamilton, with his brother to be educated. He then stud... [more]

Dodson, Patrick

According to the account given in chapters 11-13 of Chatwin's The Songlines, Dodson (called Dan Flynn by Chatwin) was a foundling, left in a store at Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia, by... [more]

Goolagong-Cawley, Evonne Fay

Goolagong was born in Griffith and raised in Barellan, New South Wales, of Wiradjurri and European ancestry. Her gift for tennis was evident at an early age and she went to Sydney aged nine... [more]

Jagamarra, Malcolm

Jagamarra was born in the Australian Outback in 1955, the son of a Warlpiri woman and an Irish Bushman. His family lived a traditional life, and whenever they neared a white homestead he wo... [more]

Mabo, Edward Koiki

Mabo was born in the Murray Islands, north of Australia. His mother died in childbirth, and according to tribal custom he was adopted by his paternal uncle and aunt. As an adult he worke... [more]

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