By Sally Goold, Kerrynne Liddle
The intimate, deepest, and middle wrenching tales informed during this e-book, the 1st of its style in Australia, will penetrate the hearts and souls of even the main hardened reader.
Told with superb dignity and humility, all the person and deeply own tales acknowledged is a robust testimony to the gross inhumanity and brutal potential of white humans in Australia - colonists who selectively ruin and humiliate, with no regret, the lives and souls in their fellow black Australians.In Our personal correct: Black Australian Nurses' Stories offers a robust catalyst for wondering and calling into query the taken-for-granted humanity folks all.
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She then told me that she and dad had decided that they were going to send me to boarding school so I could get a better education, and realise her dream for me to be a private secretary. I had other ideas. I wanted to be a nurse. By the time I was ready for high school my father was no longer working in the pearl diving industry (though this is another story); he was driving trucks, and my mother, whose decision it was to send me to boarding school, had to find a way to increase our family income, because there were no Aboriginal education grants in those days.
I formed many friendships through my work, but have also worked with racist and judgemental co-workers. As a student nurse, I sometimes found myself fielding accusations based purely on race. There was one nurse who held the view that if anything went wrong, or went missing, the focus should be on me. I always had to justify where I was and what I was doing. I was hurt and felt oppressed, but I continued my training. However, for me the straw that broke the camels back was when I was accused of stealing a bracelet.
I completed my training at the Northfield Wards, which were then part of the RAH. I worked as an EN for a few years. However, caring for a child, still drinking regularly and trying to work, all got too much for me. I eventually gave up my job and stayed at home with my child and with family members. I remained in this situation (a rut) for about ten years and drank heavily. During this time, I was allocated housing. My brother’s two children were in my care. They were around my daughter’s age, with only a couple of years between all three of them.