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A Question of Colour

A Question of Colour

by Patricia Lees, with Adam C Lees

A Question of Colour; my journey to belonging provides a first-hand account of Pattie's experiences as a fair-skinned Aboriginal during Australia's assimilationist policy era and recounts her survival following a decade of sexual, physical and emotional abuse as a Ward of the State. A Question of Colour is a deeply moving and powerful testimony to the resilience of a young girl, her identity and her journey to belong.

Format
Paperback
Category
Non-Fiction
Publisher
NewSouth Books
Publish Date
August 2020

The removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families remains a dark chapter in Australia's history. Pattie Lees was just ten years old when she and her four siblings were separated from their mother on the grounds of neglect and placed into State care. Believing she was being shipped and exiled to Africa, Pattie was ultimately fated to spend the rest of her childhood on the island once dubbed Australia's Alcatraz -Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement, off the coast of Queensland

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