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من کیستم ؟

(My Australian Story)

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These books is the story of one of the membres of the Aboriginal Stolen generation by the name of Mary Talence by describing the pain and suffering she goes through while seperated from her original Aboriginal family and then living in a orphange and then fostered into a white family. It is a story of a generation which has beautifully crafted in the story of Mary Talence ...more
Paperback, اوَل = First, 178 pages
Published September 1387 by انتشارات مروارید = Morvarid Publishers - Iran - Tehran
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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
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
Shokufeh شکوفه  Kavani کاوانی
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Tori ✼
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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I just finished this lovely book and this was both very touching and informative.
Touching because we are reading the diary of a 10 year old native Australian girl, forced to leave her family at 5 to live, first in a mission and then in a white family. A native girl who doesn't understand what is going on and how she's any different than others. Why are people calling her mean names and referring her skin color? Nothing is wrong with her skin, she thinks. And this, written with
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Khrys ♡《TheWaffleGirl》
In this powerful, insightful story, we go through an entire year of Mary Talence's life as an Aboriginal child. The setting is in 1937-1938, Sydney Australia, when the government had thought that the only way Aboriginal children would have a good life was to take them away from their families to be raised in white families or orphanages. It was that point in time when the government had full control of Aboriginal peoples' lives, including where they stayed, where they could travel, even what ...more
Kate Forsyth
‘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 ...more
Helen O'Toole
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of the My Australian Story series of historical biographies and designed for older primary and early secondary students, this story was compelling reading. Mary Talence, who used to be called Amy Charles,is stolen from her loving Aboriginal family and taken to a Home where her sense of identity is systematically taken from her. The children’s names were changed so that any inquiry about an “ Amy Charles” would be met with a “ there is no child here with that name.” Anita Heiss uses the ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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.
Anna Davidson
This is a terrific introduction to the Stolen Generation for middle and upper primary students. The story is told from the perspective of a young Aboriginal girl who has been forcibly removed from her family to live in an orphanage and then adopted out to a white family. The students who have read this have really enjoyed it and expressed an interest to learn more about this aspect of Australian history.
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Paul Corless
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was amazing and interesting and sad. I think this book was one of the best books I have ever read. My favourite character in that book is of course Mary. I like the authors idea of making a book about what is life like when you were an aboriginal.
I think this book was really interesting and the way the author wrote the ending was quite clever. I would definitely recommend the book to someone who likes historical stories that are funny and cute. :)
To celebrate NAIDOC week, I’m sharing one of my favourite books from my childhood.
Stef Rozitis
I found this book extremely worth reading and well written. I love historical novels for children in any case and this one ought to be more widely read in Australia. It's suitable for primary to middle school readers
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aisha Schreiber
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these kinds of books. The messages in this one is sad and makes you think of racism and what we did to the Aborigines. Its a must read.
Julia Yan
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be required reading for Australian politicians. Historical writing that is complex and explores trauma in a way you couldn't do with facts alone. Beautiful and important.
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
About the Australian Stolen Generation, a must read.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Themes: I think that racism is one of the themes because it plays a big part in the book.Mary is badly bullied though out the book for being a different and not looking like every one else
Shokufeh شکوفه  Kavani کاوانی
This is a wonderful read about the Aboriginal Stolen Generation as its persian translation has just been published in Iran by Morvarid publishrs. Translated by Shokufeh Kavani.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Page 11, Don't know much about it yet.
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-story
very good book
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cathy
This is a moving little book through the eyes of a 10 year old member of the stolen generation.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was sad and makes you think about what you have and how lucky you are
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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) -

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  • Transported: The Diary of Elizabeth Harvey, Australia, 1790
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  • The Rum Rebellion: The Diary of David Bellamy, Sydney Town, 1807-1809
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