I'm in the process of researching into my mother's family, and finding out who is still living as well as related to me. So this autobiography explains the up-bringing in my life that I recall and remember. My grandfather was a European man. His name was Sydney Churchill Smith. My grandfather was a magistrate in Newcastle Waters. Newcastle Waters is where my grandmother originally came from before she moved to Elliott, which is located south of Katherine in the Northern Territory. Between the years of 1927 and 1930 my mother Ada Ruth Smith was born a half caste at Elliott. Like many other half caste children, mum was taken away from her natural mother (my grandmother), by the police and put into the care of the missionaries. The missionaries were under the control of the Government. Some of the missionary homes were; Croker Island, Retta Dixon and Kahlin compound. Though there were others within the Northern Territory, I'm not fully aware of them.