Herstory

Introduction

Introduction

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This is my mother's family in Ascotvale, Melbourne, around 1955.
My mother is standing in the back row, far left, next to her brother Hugh. I am sitting on the ground, far left, and Phoebe (Nanna, Mum's mother) is standing in the centre wearing a floral dress. My father Noel is standing in the back row holding a terrier dog. I think the photo was taken in the front of the house where Auntie Lucy and Uncle Hugh lived. My mother passed down a storythat her grandmother was Hannah Brown, an Aboriginal woman who lived around Fryerstown, Victoria. The story is confirmed by cousins in Melbourne who found this website and initiated reconnection between our families.

This is my father's family in Kallista, Victoria, around 1926.
My great grand parents, Tom Roberts and Lillian Williamson, designed the house and garden in Royle avenue. They called the house Talisman. Tom took this photo in the back garden. My father Noel is sitting far left, beside his father Ca (Caleb). Noel's younger brother Dick is in the centre, held by their mother Nora. Lillie sits beside them all on the right. From age five to nine I lived at Talisman with Mum, Noel and Nadya. The story of the artist Tom Robertsis well known.

 

 

Recent questioning about my early childhood helps me understand my fascination with Antarcticaand why I share stories by scientists and other artists about our responses to the changing living world.

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