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excerpt from Lady of the Lake, Aunty Iris’s story
Writer/director Richard Frankland
Produced by John Foss
Sponsored by The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
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Lady of the Lake is the story of Gunditjmara Elder Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner and her life at Lake Condah in the western districts of Victoria. In "Grandmothers" she talks about home life, family and community.
Our grandmother, she used to walk into Heywood for the rations…an’ it was only a lousy bit of meat an’ bread an’ all that sort of thing, because the pension that they used to get, you know, was hardly anything. So it was bad, as the rations you could only get a bit of meat and bread an’ stuff like that…it wasn’t a big grocery list. She’d carry ‘em home on her back in a sugar bag…that’s how much she could only buy with the money that she got…an’ along the road…she came along the road…all along from Heywood, an’ there’s about five houses…there were then, along the road…an’ there was six or seven or five kids or whatever it was, an’ she had a lolly for every kid…an’ that was black an’ white kids…she had a lolly for everyone of those kids…to give them comin’ home in the dark. You know…she was a marvellous old woman she kept us on the straight and narrow. She used to tell us things about the Bible an’ things like that, you know, an’ in a way she taught us to be respectful of other people, you know…an’ even dad, an’ Uncle Chrissie, was another one. The old people used to say things to us that, even though they’re gone, we still remember them…an’ this is what I say with us there’s a spirituality there that we knew from these old people….like when it was a beautiful day Uncle Chrissie would say it was God’s own day. So, you know, you knew when you was doing wrong…if what you was doing was wrong an’ that’s when you’d get switched with the apple switch, you know, around the legs, because you knew better than that because you were taught better…an’ the elders that were around here then…they were…they were strict in a way of loving strict, they were, because they didn’t want to see you get hurt or they didn’t want you to be rude or anything to anybody, you know..