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'I'm not Aboriginal, I'm Hawaiian.' I said this when I was at school in Roleystone. I had got sick of the other kids giving me a hard time about being Aboriginal. I also got asked questions such as, 'Why did the Aboriginal peoples give up so easily?' My answer was that Aboriginal people were non-violent and so that's why. It was odd growing up in Roleystone. It was very isolated, and we lived on a huge block surrounded by miles of bush, with a few houses dotted here and there. We moved there when I was four. I don't have many happy memories of Roleystone. Mum was one of the Stolen Generations and was an alcoholic; Dad was a policeman and when he wasn't at work he was being a strict disciplinarian - he had an Irish Catholic background, very working-class, but with aspiration to be richer than his parents.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia Anita Heiss (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2018 12263094 2018 anthology life story autobiography Indigenous story

    'What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, attempts to showcase as many diverse voices, experiences and stories as possible in order to answer that question. Each account reveals, to some degree, the impacts of invasion and colonisation – on language, on country, on ways of life, and on how people are treated daily in the community, the education system, the workplace and friendship groups.

    'Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside newly discovered voices of all ages, with experiences spanning coastal and desert regions, cities and remote communities. All of them speak to the heart – sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

    'This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.' (Publication Summary)

    Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2018
    pg. 249-253
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