Just ordinary justice

  • Victoria K. Haskins


Walking along a busy city street in Sydney one day in 1937, Mrs Pearl Gibbs, one of the leading forces of the recently established all-Aboriginal organization, the Aborigines Progressive Association, ran into two girls she knew. They were on their way to a tea-party, hosted by a white woman, a ‘Mrs Strack’. Pearl had just returned from Brewarrina Aboriginal Station in western NSW, where she had been collecting evidence of the Board manager’s son’s sexual assaults on young women in the dormitory there. Intrigued by what the two girls told her, the older woman accompanied them to the gathering where she met Ming, and found, in some respects, a kindred spirit.


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