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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. "Greenvale" is an excerpt.
Well this is Greenvale or the place we lived before went into Hamilton an’ things like that. This was a place where a lot of my people…our people came, mums relatives an’ things like that… they came from everywhere to Greenvale here…an’ there was always a home even though we had nothing, as usual, but it was always a home for somebody that could come here an’ feel at home with the place, because that’s what Greenvale meant to everybody. It done good things for people who didn’t have a place to live…people lived here like Aunty Li and Uncle Monty lived here before they moved down to the Mission and before they got hunted off there. Aunty Dina came through visiting…people came through visiting, even people from South Australia came through and visited here an’ so it was more or less the hub of the place here…because the Mission was sort of finished then, you know. There was Granny Foster…was still there an’ that then, but this was, I s’pose, closer to the Road and everything else an’ rather than go there… so a lot of people came here. Uncle Freddie lived down that way, him an’ his family, Peter Kanoa’s grandfather that everybody knows…they lived down there an’ there was nine children there. There was fifteen children altogether in Greenvale between the two houses. When the war came and everything sort of was uprooted then. We moved up to Hamilton too, from here, yeah we moved up there…an’ then we came back again to Greenvale…but the second time around then the houses got mysteriously burnt down an’ there was not electricity or anything here, there was nothing that would set a house alight. It must have been a devious move by somebody to get us off the land which it did do, which it did do. We owned the land because my father bought two places from the Mission, two cottages…they were two room cottages. One he put up here on Greenvale in 1934, that he had his dad and mum living there and whoever was there then with the family lived there as well an’ then in 1927 he bought the two rooms that we had here an’ that we knew as our house an’ until we got that place here. Dad bought it from the Mission, it’s documented that he bought these two places an’ that’s why I always say this was our home an’ Greenvale was ours, because otherwise they wouldn’t have let him put two houses on, one up there and one down here…you know he must have owned it.