Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of
yUp, Not Down, Mate! : Thoughts from a Prison CellRobert Walker,
West Torrens area:Catholic Chaplaincy to Aborigines,1981Z17078801981selected work poetry 'Robbie Walker was born in Port Augusta, a member of a family of twelve children. He is of Aboriginal descent. The family moved around a during his early years and he attended different schools. His education was disrupted by clashes with the law from his early teens, and he attained only First Year High School standard. Since then Robbie has been in and out of Boy's Homes and Gaol. Whilst in Gaol he began to write down his feelings. This booklet is a selection of those writings.' (Source: back cover) Sighted 13/07/2010.West Torrens area:Catholic Chaplaincy to Aborigines,1981
'Survival In Our Own Land presents history in 'South Australia' for the first time from the point of view of Nungas, as many 'Aborigines' call themselves, showing Goonyas, as Europeans are called, as the invaders.
Almost 150 Nungas have told how the Goonya invasion and implementation of Goonya law and policy have affected us. Fifty years ago for 'South Australia's' centenary we were a chapter in a Goonya book. Now we are our own books.
The stories, in prose and poetry, speak volumes of much that has been previously omitted from history and textbooks. Many have been told for the first time for this book. Extracts from Goonya archival documents, many never before published, have also been included to illustrate Goonya attitudes and actions which have caused the deaths of many of our people and the destruction of much of our culture.' (Source: Back Cover)
'In this collection of contemporary poems for children, thirty-five Aboriginal poets write about what it means to be Aboriginal today. Many of the poems reflect the anger, despair and determination of a people dispossessed of their land and denied justice. Some poets recall the spirituality and culture of their ancestors. Still others look with hope to the future...' (Source: Back cover)