Coronavirus impacts: some customers may experience delayed delivery times.

Alice's daughter -

Alice's daughter

Lost Mission Child

Rhonda Collard-Spratt & Jacki Ferro

Regular price $34.95

Unit price per 

My story is not about blame. It's about sharing history that belongs to all of Australia. I needed a push, but I am happy to finally give little Rhonda a voice, so that my words will live on after I l read more
My story is not about blame. It's about sharing history that belongs to all of Australia. I needed a push, but I am happy to finally give little Rhonda a voice, so that my words will live on after I leave this world.'

In 1954, aged three, Rhonda Collard-Spratt was taken from her Aboriginal family and placed on Carnarvon Native Mission, Western Australia. Growing up in the white world of chores and aprons, religious teachings and cruel beatings, Rhonda drew strength and
healing from her mission brothers and sisters, her art, music and poetry, and her unbreakable bond with the Dreaming.

Alice's Daughter is the story of Rhonda's search for culture and family as she faces violence, racism, foster families, and her father's death in custody; one of the first deaths investigated as part of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Written in Rhonda's distinctive voice, Alice's Daughter is fearless, compelling and intimate reading. Coupled with her vibrant and powerful paintings and poetry, Rhonda's is a journey of sadness, humour, resilience and ultimately survival.

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 230mm x 152mm x 12mm
  • 196pp
  • Released April 2017
  • ISBN 9781925302936
Excerpt

When I say they controlled our lives, I mean we had to live on the fringes of towns and on native missions and reserves. The missions were run either by the government or different churches. You couldn’t marry who you fell in love with; you had to get permission from the government. You also had to get a permit to move from place to place. When you worked, they stole your wages. If you wanted to buy anything, you had to virtually beg for your money. You had to write a letter to the government to ask if you could buy a dress or shoes or stockings. 

Contents
Cultural warning 
 ii
Map
viii
Acknowledgments
ix
Preface
xi
Author’s note
xiii
Chapter 1: A black girl in a white world
1
Chapter 2: Childhood games and mission ways
14
Chapter 3: The birds and the bees
27
Chapter 4: Finding country
40
Chapter 5: Scared in the city
52
Chapter 6: A family at last
64
Chapter 7: Death in custody
77
Chapter 8: Terrorised
87
Chapter 9: The brolga and other stories from Mother
100
Chapter 10: Sorry business
108
Chapter 11: Finding identity
123
Chapter 12: Through Yamatji eyes
130
Epilogue: Speaking my truth
147
Glossary
153
Bibliography
158
Notes
162

About The Author

Rhonda Collard-Spratt is a Yamatji and Noongar visual artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, art teacher, and poet from Carnarvon,Western Australia. She has a Bachelor of Contemporary Indigenous Art from Griffith University. As an Elder, Rhonda conducts
Aboriginal cultural workshops, and has worked in prisons with young women around suicide prevention and helping them reconnect with their Aboriginality. As a representative of the Stolen Generations, Rhonda officiates at National Sorry Day events.

Jacki Ferro has managed many cross-cultural and artistic community projects that support social justice and community education. Jacki has a degree in business communication (Queensland University of Technology), and post-graduate qualifications in both social planning (University of Queensland); and writing, editing,
and publishing (UQ).

About The Cover

Reviews

Open tab

Customer Reviews

No reviews yet
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
Close (esc)

Popup

Use this popup to embed a mailing list sign up form. Alternatively use it as a simple call to action with a link to a product or a page.

Age verification

By clicking enter you are verifying that you are old enough to consume alcohol.

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty.
Shop now