The Death of My Mother and Father single work   life story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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    y Very Big Journey : My Life as I Remember It Very Big Journey Hilda Jarman Muir , Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2004 Z1106985 2004 single work autobiography

    'Hilda Muir was born on the very frontier of modern Australia, near the outback town of Borroloola in the Northern Territory in about 1920.

    Her early life was spent roaming the Gulf Country on foot, hunting and gathering with her family. Her mother was a Yanyuwa person, and so was Hilda. Known to the clan as 'Jarman', it mattered little that her father was an unknown white man. This small girl had a name, a loving family, and a secure Aboriginal identity.

    Very Big Journey tells of Hilda's bush childhood, and her forced removal from a loving family to the rigours of life in the Kahlin Home for half-caste children...

    In 1995, Hilda Muir was one of those chosen to present a writ to the High Court on behalf of her fellow stolen-generation, asserting that the removals were illegal as well as immoral...Today Hilda Muir, her Aboriginal children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are living reminders that governments cannot always shape human lives in ways they might wish.' Source: Publisher's blurb

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2004
    pg. 31-32
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