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Alternative title: Reaching Back
Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 Reaching Back : Queensland Aboriginal People Recall Early Days at Yarrabah Mission
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Reaching Back collects the stories of Aboriginal people connected with the community of Yarrabah in North Queensland. These accounts depict life in Queensland "under the Act". They recall dormitory and school life, marriage and workat Yarrabah Mission, the struggle for survival during the Depression years, and the loss of their language and culture. Today the Aboriginal pople of North Queensland are reaching back to their roots. They are trying to regain what they can of their culture and pass on to their children a sense of pride in being Aboriginal. (Adapted from Reaching Back).


  • 'People whose stories did not relate to Yarrabah also gave interviews. They are not included in this book; however, the interview transcripts have been retained by their families and copies are deposited with the library of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. These people include Gilpen Banning, Maggie Donohue, Esme Hudson, Lucy Levers, Andrew Obah, Peter Savina, Willy Shepherd, Elsie Tranby, Fred Walters and Queenie Walters.' (Thomson, J. Reaching Back : Queensland Aboriginal people recall early days at Yarrabah, Aboriginal Studies Press, 1989, p. xii)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Aboriginal Studies Press , 1989 .
      Extent: 136p.
      Description: illus. (b & w), ports., maps.
      • Includes bibliographical references, a chronological timeline and a list of illustrations.
      • Royalties from the sale of this book will be going to the Aborigines[sic.] and Islanders Alcohol Relief Service Ltd to open a fund to help preserve North Queensland Aboriginal culture.
      ISBN: 9780855752071
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