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Family histories and the memory of nations: Reflections on my great-grandmother’s fight against Aboriginal child removal in the 1930s
Family histories and the memory of nations: Reflections on my great-grandmother’s fight against Aboriginal child removal in the 1930s with Victoria Haskins
Presented as part of 'A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past' series

'A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past' is a series of fortnightly lectures hosted by the State Library of NSW on Tuesday evenings at 5.30 pm between 31 August and 9 November 2021 .

The history of the Stolen Generations is, we acknowledge, one of the most profoundly troubling, and important histories in our nation’s past — prominently discussed, contested and debated in the public sphere since the late twentieth century. In this talk, I reflect upon the extraordinary story of my great-grandmother Joan Kingsley-Strack, and her personal campaign against the policies of child removal in NSW during the 1930s. The porous boundaries between historical narratives of the nation and the memory-work in our own families can be mapped in her story, and indeed in all family histories. At a time when truth-telling is needed more than ever before, understanding the complexity of histories and memories held within families is critical.

Oct 12, 2021 05:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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