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All girls shall leave the Reserves

  • Victoria K. Haskins

Abstract

My grandmother was six when she last saw Mary. Mary’s unexplained disappearance marked the end of Narrelle’s early childhood, with its vaguely remembered smells and sounds, snatches of old, yet startling sensations, and uncanny moments. What Gran remembers most intensely of Mary is a soft hand caressing the nape of her neck to wake her, gently, in the still grey hours of the morning on the day they left Brisbane. She does not remember why Mary was there or why she left. Nobody thought it necessary to tell her. It was not until I embarked on my own search for Ming’s and Mary’s story, beginning with Ming’s old boxes, that Gran learnt of Mary’s child.

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Aboriginal People Bright Spot Torres Strait Islander Aborigine Protection Aboriginal Child 
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