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Who Am I? The Diary Of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 (My Australian Story)

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Part of the "My Story" series. Set in Sydney, 1937, this is the fictional diary of a young Aboriginal girl, a member of the Stolen Generation.

She is given the diary by the Sister in charge of Bomaderry Aboriginal Children's Home and through its pages she describes her life - from her arrival there, aged five, through her struggle to understand why she was taken from her re
Paperback, 174 pages
Published 2001 by Scholastic
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I came across this book because of my yearly aussie author challenge, and what a delight it was. Who Am I? The Diary Of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 is written with a target audience of young teens and adults, but I soon find myself immersed into Mary's story and through her diary entries her mind.

Mary shares a of different time in our Australian history, coming from the children's home after being adopted into a 'white family', Mary details her days as she comes to terms with learning and underst
Emma - Mybookcorner
The Diary of Mary Talence tells one story from the Stolen Generation, and in the opinion of My Book Corner, is an ideal way in which to teach understanding of this period in Australia's history.

The journal format of any story has immediate appeal to younger readers, they can relate to it, it's on their level and therefore it literally 'talks to them'. I love this one for the same reason I fell in love with literature years ago ... its ability to give insight in to periods in history which have h
Shokufeh شکوفه  Kavani کاوانی
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every body
A wonderful read about Aboriginal stolen generation written by Dr. Anita Heiss , translated into Persian by Shokufeh Kavani.

کتابی بسیار زیبا در مورد نسل دزدیده ء شده ء ابوریژینالهائ استرالیا نوشته ء دکتر آنیتا هیس ؛ ترجمه شده توسط شکوفه کاوانی ؛ انتشارات مروارید - تهران ؛ ایران 2008
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Kate Forsyth
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
‘Who Am I?’ is part of the My Story series’ published by Scholastic Australia. Set in Sydney, 1937, this is the fictional diary of a young Aboriginal girl who was stolen from her parents under the White Australia government policy. Mary grows up in the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children's Home and is given the diary by the matron when she is ten years old. In its pages, she describes the daily events of her life, as well as her fears and anxieties and confusions. She soon has to leave the home, as sh ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a tragic book of a girl called Mary Talence. She is A aborignie. She was taken away from her parents when she was only five with her cousins and sisters.The white people took her to a children's orphanage in Bomaderry. There she met Matron Rose, who was one of the sisters. She had a friend called Marj who was taken away from the orphanage by the Protection Board. Just after this Mary was taken away from the orphange and was given to a fammily, called the Burkes. Ther she went to sch ...more
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
this book is a diary of a girl that was involved in the stolen generation. it is full of her thoughts about the times she spends in homes ect and all the memories that she has from when she lived back at home. i got this book from the school library if you want to read it. i highly recommend it. i read it all in 1 day!
Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Australians
When I read this book at 11 or 12, it was the first I had heard of the stolen generation. It wasn't spoken of in school at the time, though it is now. Later I learned the issue was far darker than this novel had revealed, but I feel that it's an appropriate introduction for children; easy to relate to, and not too dark for young readers.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a really important book for young adults to read. It offers an unbiased account of the stolen generation. Rather than showing anger is shows bewilderment and the true sense of how little information or choice Aboriginal Australians were given during this time.
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Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia's most prolific and well-known authors of Indigenous literature.

Her published works include the historical novel Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, the poetry collection Token Koori, satirical social commentary Sacred Cows, non-fiction text Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight) - Publishi
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