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Very Big Journey

My life as I remember it

Hilda Jarman Muir

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Hilda Muir was born on the very frontier of modern Australia, near the outback town of Borroloola in the Northern Territory in about 1920.

Her early life was spent roaming the Gulf Country o read more

Hilda Muir was born on the very frontier of modern Australia, near the outback town of Borroloola in the Northern Territory in about 1920.

Her early life was spent roaming the Gulf Country on foot, hunting and gathering with her family. Her mother was a Yanyuwa person, and so was Hilda. Known to the clan as 'Jarman', it mattered little that her father was an unknown white man. This small girl had a name, a loving family, and a secure Aboriginal identity.

Very Big Journey tells of Hilda's bush childhood, and her forced removal from a loving family to the rigours of life in the Kahlin Home for half-caste children. Hilda grew up to marry the love of her life, Billy Muir, and then had to learn to deal with the demands of a growing family and evacuation to Brisbane during the Second World War. Back in Darwin, and after the devastation of Cyclone Tracy, Hilda struggled to find her place in the world again.

In 1995, Hilda Muir was one of those chosen to present a writ to the High Court on behalf of her fellow stolen-generation, asserting that the removals were illegal as well as immoral. In 1997 the writ was rejected by the High Court.

In 2000 Hilda finally travelled back to her Yanyuwa land and was recognised as an owner and custodian of that country.

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 210mm x 145mm x 12mm
  • 156pp
  • Released January 2004
  • ISBN 9780855753979
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