Growing up in the mission of Beagle Bay and the pearling town of Broome, Betty Lockyer was influenced by a mix of culture, religion and strict government policy. Having an Aboriginal mother and an Asian father, she felt both the heart-wrenching effects of family forcibly removed from country and the protective authority of Catholic nuns and brothers. Yet Lockyer tells of the carefree times she shared with friends and family. An honest assessment of an upbringing spent under policies urging cultural assimilation, she nonetheless recalls a strong mixture of Australian cultures, traditions, and religion. Told with candor and humor, this memoir captures the universal resilience of children with breathtaking sincerity.
Softcover, 268 pages