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is an 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
Koorie Heritage Trust Inc.
"Stolen Children is an excerpt from "Lady of the Lake" the story of Gunditjmara Elder Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner and her life at Lake Condah in the western districts of Victoria.
The mother had gone into hospital, she had TB and so the kids were home but the father was up the bush cutting wood, getting wood and the police came out and took the kids an grabbed them and put them in the Police cells for that night.. They never even let any families know that the kids were there and that was the sort of sneaky thing that they done. But when they appeared in Court all the families went, like mum and dad went for them and Auntie Fanny and them done. Well people that were known amongst their people, that was the aboriginal community, they went to court and they weren’t aloud to take them. And those kids were put away and suffered, that sort of thing. The mother didn’t know where her kids were because nobody told her through welfare and she didn’t know, and she used to cry and she was a sick woman. She was in that hospital up there for two years, in Hamilton. And that’s the way they treated people, there was nothing there, no humanity was shown anybody, as far as I’m concerned anyway. And there was a lot of kids taken from here on welfare, a lot of kids were taken away and put in homes like Auntie Li’s kids, F…’s (?) kids they were put in the homes down at Ballarat, a lot of them went to Ballarat, an when the police took them they put them in the cell in Heywood, the foster kids through the night and they had to stop in a police cell and yet there was families that went there to the court to see if they could take them home because you know the extended family thing that’s the way it was with everybody and they tried but no, it was no use because they reckoned that still the upbringing wasn’t good enough for the kids you know.