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Shadow Lines

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Shadow Lines is the story of Jessie Argyle, born in the remote East Kimberley and taken from her Aboriginal family at the age of five, and Edward Smith, a young Englishman escaping the rigid strictures of London. In a society deeply divided on racial lines, Edward and Jessie met, fell in love and, against strong opposition, eventually married. Despite unrelenting surveilla ...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Fremantle Arts Centre Press (first published June 2002)
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Lisa
Shadow Lines, by Stephen Kinnane, is an important book that puts a human face on Australia’s shabby story of the Stolen Generations, but – after so recently reading indigenous author Kim Scott’s uplifting That Deadman Dance, I found it hard going at times.

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by this story of Kinnane’s grandmother Jessie Argyle who was taken from her family in 1905; her struggle to be with the man she loved, Kinnane’s grandfather Edward Smith who migrated here as
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Catherine Maughan
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's amazing how you can know someone but know so little about them really. Having worked with the author Steve Kinnane for a number of years I couldn't help but compare the life of his grandmother to my own grandmothers. Steve's grandmother Jessie was born in the East Kimberley in about 1901, my own grandmother Gwen was born in Kalgoorlie in the Eastern Goldfields of WA in 1902. Both born just after the Federation of Australia but to very different lives.

"Friday 19 June 1906. Wild Dog Police S
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Kate Barber
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing biography of Kinnane's grandparents. He mixes together a range of biographical information and data, including his grandmother's file from the Aborigine Department, and his imaginative views of the places they lived and the people they met. Altogether it builds up a comprehensive life of two people in the face of increasing involvement from A.O Neville and his department. Kinnane talks about the shadowlines that connect people to places and this book charts them beautifully, even down ...more
Lindy D'mellow
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it


Great read that bought to life the horror of western Australian aboriginals under the tyranny of Neville. The familiarity of the setting around East Perth & Hyde Park made the book even more real. Thanks for sharing your family history.
Gayle
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I live in the area in which this book is mostly set.The author used to come into the store I worked in when I was 19 to do photocopying. It is a valuable book that all West Australians should read. Disturbing, beautiful and honest.
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