We stumbled into a hidden part of Aboriginal history on our trip around Australia in 2010.
200 years ago the way the settlers and pioneers treated the Aboriginal people was a shameful part of Australian history. For years the true extent of that story has been hidden. Stories of the horror and pain of children being forcibly torn from their families. Their culture and way of living going back 40000+ years being denied.
Exploring an overgrown track we found, a wall of remembrance covered with names, many of them with only a Christian name, the poor children were even stripped of their Aboriginal name. Behind the wall and hidden away, a graveyard, neglected and reverting back to bush. The occasional iron cross leaning in despair, no names, no recognition.
It was sad to see and think about lives lived and died never knowing their families or culture.
As we travelled around Australia I did a post about the Mogumber mission where the children from the stolen generation were taken. Now deserted and derelict it left a lasting and uneasy feeling in me. Click here to read about this sad place.
Ailsa has given us the theme of “hidden” this week and that triggered my memories of this sad place. Go to Ailsa’s blog “Where’s my backpack” to discover more hidden treasures.