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My Place by Sally Morgan
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Feb 20, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: indigenous-australian, audio-book, australia, c20th
Read from February 08 to 20, 2012

My Place, by Sally Morgan is now an Australian Classic, but it wasn’t when I first read it back in 1988, Australia’s bicentennial year. Like many Australians, I was shocked to read this deeply moving memoir which revealed without bitterness or rancour a chastening story of endemic racism in our country. I had thought I was an educated person and this book made me realise to my dismay that I knew nothing about the Aboriginal heritage that underpins Australian identity. When I saw My Place as an audio book, I wanted to revisit this memoir, to test its power in the 21st century when Morgan’s voice is now one of many Aboriginal Australians telling their disconcerting stories. Let me assure you, it has lost nothing of its impact…

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Sally Morgan is a year older than I am. She and her siblings were brought up to answer questions about their colour by saying that they were of Indian origin, a strategy her mother and grandmother hoped would shield them from the racism of the schoolyard. They believed that they were protecting the children by denying their Aboriginal descent, from the Palku/Baligu people of the Pilbara, and keeping the children in ignorance of it.

But Sally’s adolescence brought rebellion and stubborn questioning, and she embarked on a relentless quest to find out who she really was.

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Velvetink Great review! Am going through this situation now....(although I knew - did not know all the facts and names & am still searching for more information).


Lisa Velvetink wrote: "Great review! Am going through this situation now....(although I knew - did not know all the facts and names & am still searching for more information)." Good luck with your quest, I hope you find a warm and loving family like Sally Morgan did *warm smile*


Velvetink Lisa wrote: "Velvetink wrote: "Great review! Am going through this situation now....(although I knew - did not know all the facts and names & am still searching for more information)." Good luck with your quest..."

Ah well they are mostly all dead now goes back to 1800's...but discovering murder and intrigue - although hope to find some other relatives still living. The recent freebies on ancestry.com helped a bit. :)


Lisa Velvetink wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Velvetink wrote: "Great review! Am going through this situation now....(although I knew - did not know all the facts and names & am still searching for more information)." Good luck wi..."
Gosh, if you can trace back to 1800 that's pretty good.


Velvetink Back to 1833 so far on this one line. But it's been a struggle to get there and that's the male line, really want the female line he married but she appears to have had a name change from Aboriginal to a western name. So have only got the info on her from the marriage date of 1840ish. & then it was all covered up...with the children being sent to orphans homes and later changing their names. Will get there in the end but it will take a while..might have to travel out west to find more.


Velvetink Should add it was covered up from 1849 when he murdered her - (my gr gr gr grandmother). Lucky Trove exists - lucky it hit the Maitland and Bathurst newspapers. But the children were so young info got garbled & changed & lied about through the generations. ;0


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