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Meeting your depth

Shaw, Gerrard George (2003) Meeting your depth. Masters by Research thesis, Murdoch University.

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      Abstract

      As a member of the Stolen Generations, my objective and design in this dissertation is part of a larger project, involving the reclamation of my Aboriginal identity, taken from me as a child. I will attempt to do this through researching the lives of my grandfather George Shaw and his daughters, Ruby Janie and Maggie. Through a reading of files and documents held by the Department of Indigenous Affairs, Perth, I will show how the 1905 Aborigines Protection Act impacted on the lives of the Shaw family, and on all Aboriginal people who lived under this oppressive regime.

      Through the disclosure of what life was like for me as a child removed, I attempt to identify the shameful lack of care by the authorities concerned with my removal. The rational behind this piece of work is based on a desire to further my own personal journey of healing by linking my story to the larger Shaw story.

      Publication Type: Thesis (Masters by Research)
      Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
      Supervisor: Trees, Kathryn
      URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/305
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