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Alone on the Soaks extract   autobiography  
Alternative title: Alone on the Soaks : The Life and Times of Alec Kruger
Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Alone on the Soaks
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'Alec Kruger was stolen as a child from his family and his country. From this early time he knew the cold and harsh reality of institutions and not the caressing love of his mother or the warmth of other close relations. Still young, he was taken again – to the cattle stations of Central Australia where, even as a boy, he was expected to display all the independence and ingenuity of someone much older.'

'In isolation. Alec faced possible death, till the arrival of Old People from country who saved him, taught him and made him culturally strong.'

'Alec Kruger spent years droving and roaming throughout the Territory and Queensland, forever seeking his place in the world. He found a sense of belonging and somewhere to call home through having his own family and with the emergence and leadership of groups such as the Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families Aboriginal Corporation in the struggle of recognition, reconciliation and recompense.'

'Alone on the Soaks enhances our understanding of the diverse journeys of Australia’s stolen generations by offering readers intimate stories told in an original and valuable voice.' (Source: publishers blurb)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Alone on the Soaks of Loves Creek
Notes:
This version contains an additional (final) paragraph compared to the version published in TERRA.
Notes:
Authorship is solely attributed to Alec Kruger
Alternative title: Sendiri di Resapan
Language: English , Indonesian
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon TERRA : A Bilingual Anthology of Writing from WordStorm, the Northern Territory's Writers' Festival Terra : Anthologi Dwi Bahasa dari Wordstorm, Festival Sastra Northern Territory, Australia Sandra Thibodeaux (editor), Sitok Srengenge (editor), Kadek Krishna Adidharma (translator), Darwin : Northern Territory Writers' Centre KataKita , 2007 Z1393108 2007 anthology poetry prose short story drama

    Terra is 'the first bilingual anthology (Indonesian-English) representing the Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, East Timorese and Indonesian authors that WordStorm has gathered around itself. The collection features the poetry and short stories of writers such as Ayu Utami, Sam Wagan Watson, Richard J Frankland, Frank Moorhouse, Abe Barreto Soares, Dorothy Porter, Nick Earls, Jared Thomas, Nukila Amal, Sitok Srengenge, Alec Kruger, Mark Bowling, Graham Nunn, Kaye Aldenhoven and about 29 others.

    'Terra examines questions of identity and belonging, land and dispossession, violence and reconciliation. (Northern Territory Writers' Centre media release)

    Darwin : Northern Territory Writers' Centre KataKita , 2007
    pg. 204-217
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