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    When I was taken to the mission, I was eight months old. I was taken away with my Mum, probably because I was being breast-fed. That’s why they took me so young, and my brother and my other two sisters. And we we’re taken to Carrolup Mission. When we arrived at Carrolup Mission, we were put in what they called ‘The Jail’, and it was a red tin shed. Mum told me all about it. And they locked us in The Jail, and it was in December so it was hot. And the elder boys at the mission went and told the supervisor or whatever they called him, ‘if you don’t let Auntie and the kids out, we’re going to break the door down.’

    Dorothy Bagshaw, Survivor, Carrolup Native Settlement

    We all went through hell and back, and that’s why a lot of them died through alcohol poisoning, O.D. on drugs, car accident whatever, but you know I never got to see many of them before they passed on.

    Garry Ryder, Survivor, Marribank Mission

    Mogumber was full, New Norcia was full, Tardun was full, Sister Kate’s was full. They were full of all our kids. And they only could just squeeze us, me and my brothers, into Marribank Mission.

    Marie Pryor, Survivor, Gnowangerup and Marribank Missions

    But they knew about New Norcia. [it] was the capital of… like a place of sexual abuse, but they kept on sending us there. So, the Native Welfare was in on this, and the government at that time.

    Dallas Phillips, Survivor, New Norcia Mission

    I never got my Mum; I never had her in my life. [visibly anguished] Because I was aiming that she would be with me for the rest of her life, you know? But ay, I was able to get over that trauma.

    Gail Yorkshire, Survivor, Gnowangerup Mission

    So you know we really need to bring that awareness into the justice system, into the government, you know, the government were the ones that put all these policies down in our past to make out live like this, to keep us oppressed, and we now need to empower ourselves, our children and grandchildren and we need to start healing them before they have children so that we can break this cycle of intergenerational trauma.

    Lorraine Pryor, Stolen Generation Descendant

    When we tried to tell someone about the abuse, we were told, “There’s some things God does not want you to talk about. How dare you.”

    Former inmate, New Norcia Mission

    Fifty-seven percent of Aboriginal people in our state today are connected to the Stolen Generations people. So that’s every second Aboriginal person you walk past in the community, they have that trauma, that intergenerational trauma that’s impacting their lives.”

    Valerie Stella Woods, Survivor, Marribank Mission

    When our kids were taken away the churches kept our kids. There was a lot of money involved. So the churches need to be made accountable too. Not only the government but the policies that allowed the churches to keep our children away from their parents.

    Howard Riley, Survivor, Mogumber Mission

    My father and my mother never got the chance to be parents to me. I’m 66 years of age now and the only thing I can do to moving forward and to spare my children of the torment and the heartache and the trauma that I’ve gone through is always be there for my children.

    Brenda Greenfield, Survivor, Gnowangerup Mission
The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 4 October 1932
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Genocide in the Wildflower State” is a 59 minute documentary about a violent, state-run system of eugenics, racial absorption, and social assimilation in twentieth century, Western Australia.

For the more than six decades between 1905 and 1970, thousands of Aboriginal children in Western Australia were forcibly removed from their families.

Systematically organised by the State, overwhelmingly supported by West Australian society, generation after generation, for over sixty years — the State worked to destroy Aboriginal families, culture, and language, for the purpose of securing white, settler dominance.

In 1997 a National Inquiry called this for what it was — Genocide.

Stolen Generation’ Survivors give vivid and at times heartbreaking testimony of cruel isolation, abuse and humiliation in the system. Their accounts are supported by documentary evidence from state records, public archives and historical scholarship.

“Genocide in the Wildflower State” is truth telling and a demand for justice. It holds to account successive parliaments in Western Australia that have failed to make redress. It is about helping to heal the trauma in the Survivor community, and building understanding in broader society.

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Genocide in the Wildflower State was produced by

Yokai Healing Our Spirit

Western Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation


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