Hosted by UWA Dean of Law, Professor Natalie Skead, the evening will be led by MC Peter Kennedy, with the book to be launched by the Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event ahead of the publication date on 1 July from Boffins Books.
A Stolen Life tells the story of Bruce Trevorrow, who was taken from his Indigenous family on Christmas Day 1957 and within days was adopted out to a white family.
At the age of 10, Bruce would be returned to his biological family, sparking a lifelong search for an identity that could never truly be known. This is the story of one man’s fight for his own life, and of the court case that made history as the only successful legal action by a member of the Stolen Generations against the institution that removed them from their family.
Buti was one of the lawyers who interviewed people and presented submissions to the Bringing Them Home report, part of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. The report is an investigation of how government agencies and church missions in Australia forcibly removed Aboriginal children from their families in the twentieth century. These children became known as the Stolen Generations.
Tickets are free for the UWA event, which begins at 6 pm. To register, head to Eventbrite.
There will also be a launch at the University of Adelaide on Monday 12 August. Tickets are also free for this event and can be obtained through Eventbrite.