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Western Australia - Archival Item

Eliza Johns 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']

Eliza Johns an Indigenous separated child speaks about hunting for bush food and living in a rush house or a tent during her early childhood. Her mother was Aboriginal and her father was a 'part-Aboriginal' charcoal burner. She details the living conditions at the Carrolup Mission, W.A. to which she was removed at around the age of 10 with her sister. At age 14, she was transferred to Bennet St. Girls' Home in East Perth without her sister and was then sent to do domestic work on farms. She married at around the age of 16 in Katanning and subsequently had 12 children. She has been unable to discover why she was removed.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser