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The Nyungar people, and indeed the entire Aboriginal population, grew to realize what the arrival of the European settlers meant for them: it was the destruction of their traditional society and the dispossession of their lands. (Doris Pilkington, n.d.)
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Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence | Doris Pilkington Garimara: Articles
Doris Pilkington Garimara (Shepherd, 2020)
"Doris Pilkington Garimara, (Nugi Garimara), Australian Aboriginal writer (born 1937?, Balfour Downs Station, West Australia, —died April 10, 2014, Perth, Australia), chronicled in her book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence (1996) the harrowing nine-week, 1,600-km trek across Western Australia taken by her mixed-race mother, Molly Craig Kelly, then a 14-year-old member of the “stolen generation,” as she led a younger sister and cousin from the Moore River Native Settlement toward their home in Jigalong", West Australia. (Shepherd, 2020)
Fearless writer revealed the lives behind the Sorry Day stories of dispossession (The Age, 2014, April 26, p. 36)
"Sometime in 1937, Doris Pilkington Garimara was born Nugi Garimara under a wintamarra – mulga – tree on Balfour Downs Station, the daughter of Molly Craig and Toby Kelly, an Aboriginal stockman. Six years earlier, in 1931, Molly had escaped from Moore River Native Settlement with her two sister/ cousins, Daisy and Gracie, and walked all the way back to Jigalong, an extraordinary journey along the rabbit-proof fence that took them three months." (The Age, 2014, April 26, p. 36)
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