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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Background to the Removal of Children
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'The accounts above by Dandy Danbayarri, Violet Wadrill, Maurie Ryan and Biddy Wavehill of 'half-caste' or pilyingpilying children taken away from Wave Hill Station are a small number of many cases of government welfare officials separating Gurindji children from their families. Maurie Ryan also gives the names Tom and George Kelly, Nelly Kelly-Kitching, Alec Kruger, Clyde Bray (now Mohammed McGee), Maddie Frith, Bess Croft, Mickey Hill, David McGorm, Jack Cusack, Freddy Savillis and Joe Egan. These children form a part of what is now known as the Stolen Generations. There were Gurindji children with non-Indigenous fathers right from the time of the establishment of Wave Hill Station in the 1880s. For instance, Molly Dodd Tupngarri's father, who died at Jatpala, was a Chinese gardener at the original Wave Hill Station.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Yijarni : True Stories from Gurindji Country Erika Charola (editor), Felicity Meakins (editor), Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016 9469367 2016 selected work prose Indigenous story

    'On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their land by pastoralists. Led by Vincent Lingiari, this land-mark action in 1966 precipitated the equal wages case in the pastoral industry and the establishment of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. While it is well known that the Walk Off was driven by the poor treatment of Aboriginal workers, what is less well known is the previous decades of massacres and killings, stolen children and other abuses by early colonists. Told in both English and Gurindji, these compelling and detailed oral accounts of the events that Gurindji elders either witnessed or heard from their parents and grandparents, will ignite the interest of audiences nationally and internationally and challenge revisionist historians who question the extent of frontier battles and the legitimacy of the Stolen Generations. ...' (Source: AIATSIS website)

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016
    pg. 135-136
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  • Daguragu / Kalkaringi / Wave Hill, Victoria River area, Central Northern Territory, Northern Territory,
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