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Heather Vicenti interviewed by Marnie Richardson in the Bringing them home oral history project (2001)

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[From the National Library of Australia's 'Bringing them home oral history project']

Vicenti and her twin brother were removed to Mogumber Methodist Mission, W.A. after their mother died in childbirth. At the age of 4, she was transferred to Roelands Mission. She describes conditions at Mogumber and Roelands. At the age of 16 Vicenti was sent out to work on a farm for a short time before moving to Perth. She talks about life in Carnarvon where she lived with her German husband for a time before moving back to Perth. Vicenti talks about her seven children, five of whom were removed from her and about her efforts to get them back. She also talks about the death of her son while in prison and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser