Was fearfully shocked this afternoon

  • Victoria K. Haskins


A couple of months after Alma’s departure at the end of October 1932, the Stracks made plans to move once again. Because of this, and ‘owing to a great deal of illness in the family’, Ming had asked the Board’s Homefinder if she could have Alma back to help her. Ming claimed that Alma herself wanted to return, but Miss Lowe refused, telling Ming it was Board policy to have such women married off. At this stage Ming still failed to understand the full implications of the Board’s apprenticeship scheme and was simply aggravated by Miss Lowe’s apparent perversity in refusing to allow her to take Alma back.1 When Miss Lowe told her that ‘she had a very good girl available — she was a particularly nice type of girl and would be able to help me in every way,’ Ming immediately accepted her offer.2


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  1. 4.
    Cited in Vron Ware, Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History (London: Verso, 1992), 55.Google Scholar
  2. 12.
    Heather Goodall, ‘A History of Aboriginal Communities in New South Wales, 1909–1939’, PhD thesis, University of Sydney, Sydney (1982), 237–8.Google Scholar

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