Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users are warned that Lady of the Lake may contain images of deceased persons and images of places that could cause sorrow.
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
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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. "War Songs" is an extract.
The song that we used to sing was on their last leave when we’d have a send off for them would be the song the ‘Maoris Farewell’ an’ it went “Now is the hour that we must say goodbye, soon you’ll be sailing far across the sea, while you’re away O please remember me, I’ll still be waiting here for your return”…an’ Uncle Chrissie Saunders my Uncle, brother Reggie and brother Harry’s father, said that was the song that was sung with the soldiers, he said, that were great men an’ brave men an’ before they’d leave each other that was a song that they would sing before they went into battle or before they left each other…an’ that’s why we always sang that song for our boys when they were going because it was a great memory to think that that we thought of them in that fashion.
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