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'Love story' for mother helps heal past wounds for Stolen Generations member

Date posted: 12 January 2016

Pattie Lees, an Indigenous woman from Queensland who was removed from her family at 10 years of age, has written a 'love story' for her mother as a way of healing past wounds.

Growing up, Pattie idolised her mother and enjoyed her childhood, however she and her siblings were removed from their home and sent to an orphanage in Townsville, and then to Palm Island Aboriginal Reserve. Later in life Pattie joined the Women's Royal Australian Navy and during that time was able to find her mother.

Fifty years on, Pattie, with the help of her son, decided to write a book about her life as a way of healing the unresolved trauma of being removed from her family home. Though her mother died 30 years ago, Pattie says her presence was constant while writing the book.

Pattie and her son are currently searching for a publisher to publish the book: A question of colour: my journey to belonging.

The manuscript has been entered in the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards in the Unpublished Indigenous Writer category.

Source: ABC news


Last updated: 12 January 2016
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