herstory

Norfolk Island 1950

Introduction

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Mother

My mother tells me stories.

Screen shot from 'Roget's Circular'
Interactive CDROM (2001)

There's a storyin Mum's family that her grandmother Hannah Brown was an Aboriginal woman. There's also a story that she was Maori. In 2010 the sons of one of Mum's cousins who I never knew existed Email me after finding my story on-line. They identify as Aboriginal Australians. Our stories match. Hannah's children were brought up by different families. There was a falling out between cousins over their identites. Mum's mother used to cut out certain faces from family photos. When Mum was growing up she was told by her mother that Maori people were treated better than Aborigines ('You'd get your head kicked in' she said). Her mother identified as Maori. One night when I was staying at her house she rubbed my nose before I went to sleep. She told me this was a Maori form of kissing.

 

Women under federal awards granted 75 per cent of the male wage.

Myxomatosis successfully introduced to combat the rabbit plague.

The Australian Almanac, Pub. Angus & Robertson 1985