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Beyond Duck River
The inspiring saga of a great city and, at the heart of that city, a woman, a family, a people and a river that will simply never die. As a child, Hazel sees her father come home from the first world war almost completely broken, and watches her mother somehow find the strength to keep the family going. As a woman and mother herself, she draws on that same source of power ...more
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Set in the era of assimiliation,the multi-generational family of this story is Aboriginal. The mother has feared 'the welfare' taking her children ever since they were born, and the possibilities of forced removal haunt her every action. Protection is maintained through denial whilst a parallel story, that of the father, a returned WW1 soldier haunted by the loss of mates in battle, runs along side of it. He drinks and bashes his wife and children. It sounds like a hopeless negative story yet it ...more
Angela Martin was born in Sydney, Australia, grew up around Duck River and descends from a mixed ancestry, Sydney Aboriginal and British. She left school at 14, joined the Navy at 18 and later returned to her education, graduating with a BA from the Australian National University and an advanced degree in Education from the University of Cammara. Studies in fine art, philosophy and sociology ...moreMore about Angela Martin...