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Issue Details: First known date: 1998... 1998 White Apron Black Hands : Aboriginal Women Domestic Servants in Queensland
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  • Author's note: A collaboration between Lel Black, Leah King Smith and myself produced an Aboriginal women's domestic service exhibition. I wrote the text and catalogue (from which this article is taken) and interviewed the women who told their stories so eloquently. Their oral histories were recorded as part of the history that needs to be rescued, told and recorded for posterity. A huge launch took place at the Brisbane City Council Art Gallery in 1994 with friends and family members of the women interviewed in attendance. I still recall their faces as they stood with pride and dignity finally being commemorated for their role in the labour force - a long overdue recognition (p. 78).

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    y separately published work icon Sister Girl : The Writings of Aboriginal Activist and Historian Jackie Huggins Jackie Huggins , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1998 Z215395 1998 selected work prose interview essay biography (taught in 4 units) The articles in this collection 'represent a decade of writing by Aboriginal historian and activist Jackie Huggins. These essays and interviews combine both the public and the personal in a bold trajectory tracing one Murri woman's journey towards self-discovery and human understanding...Sister Girl examines many topics, including community action, political commitment, the tradition and value of oral history, and government intervention in Aboriginal lives. It challenges accepted notions of the appropriateness of mainstream feminism in Aboriginal society and of white historians writing Indigenous history. Closer to home, there are accounts of personal achievement and family experience as she revisits the writing of Auntie Rita with her mother Rita Huggins - the inspiration for her lifework.' (Source: Back cover, 1998 UQP edition) St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1998 pg. 78-82
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