by Glen McLaren
Today, few can comprehend what it was like to live through the trauma of the Great Depression as a child. Grinding poverty meant that many children had to work — they had no option, for there was no social security, and an extended childhood was an unaffordable luxury. Despite this, the Depression Generation did not become hard and bitter. Overall…Read more »
In 1937, the Commonwealth Government and the States resolved to adopt as official policy the removal of Aboriginal children from their families. That policy envisaged the ultimate disappearance of the Aboriginal race. Although this policy was replaced after the Second World War with assimilation, much of the underlying purpose remained. Our State of…Read more »
There are thousands of Daphne Streets all over Australia, and they all reflect a shared history, resonating with the life experiences of ordinary Australians making a society.
Can a history of a nation be written through the story of a single suburban street? Professor Geoffrey Bolton turns his acute historian’s gaze on the neighbourhood of his youth…Read more »
by Bill Bunbury
We was like one family there, all together, especially on the weekend. On a Saturday afternoon, we’d go in the bush, have a few beers and enjoy ourselves. That was what we used to do, the bush, home, cook, well cook what you can, because you can’t get nobody to cook for you. No restaurants there. About eight or nine, go to sleep. Monday morning, sharpen…Read more »
by Jan Ryan
The small number of Chinese gardeners who are etched in our memories are but a modest reminder of the Chinese who worked, died or sojourned in Western Australia in the nineteenth century. Ancestors offers an important understanding of the history of Chinese in Western Australia, where they came from, why they came, and how they lived in the colony.Read more »
Set amongst the low scrub of the Mogumber sand plain north of Perth, the Moore River Native Settlement was, for thirty years, ‘sort of a place like home’ for thousands of Aboriginal people. Alternately sanctuary, work camp, orphanage, prison and rural idyll, the settlement was part of a bold social experiment by the Chief Protector of Aborigines A O…Read more »
by Scott Cane
It was 1952 and the Spinifex People were about to meet white Australia.
The People of the Sun and Shadow, the Spinifex People, were cocooned within the Spinifex plains of the Western Desert, for hundreds of generations until shaken from their nomadic solitude by the atomic shock of Maralinga. When they returned to their homelands in the 1980s…Read more »