Ella was born of an Australian indigenous mother and a white father; here she writes of the days when her people were considered by officialdom to be ‘non-people’ – without rights.They could not vote; they were not included in the Census; they were not allowed to be on electoral rolls. This book highlights many contentious issues which are still current; but also acknowledges the efforts that have been out into rectifying injustices. Ella followed the Christian precepts of her grandmother, Kundaibark , and after working as a domestic in Sydney in the 1920s, returned to the mission at Purfleet where she was raised and after her initial clash with the Aborigines Protection Board who had taken over Purfleet. So began her long life of fighting for justice for her people, getting around bureaucratic pettiness and of working positively for the future. She chose to live by the practice of the Christian teaching of forgiveness and love instead of meeting hatred with hatred. in 1962, she became the first Aboriginal woman to be made a JP in NSW. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
Through My Eyes: Ella Simon
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