excerpt from Lady of the Lake, Aunty Iris’s story
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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 this excerpt Iris talks about labour and conditions she and other Gunditjmara people experienced.
There was Uncle Morris Clark and Uncle George Clark they were the axemen, and they’d go in competition, cutting you know, and then there was Uncle Crissie and the boys, they was post splitters and big trees and that they’d knock down.
Everybody had a job that they had to do and like Uncle Chrissie and the boys worked in the forest, Charlie and Uncle Bill worked splitting posts and everybody done something like that, but it was really hard work that they did but they never shirked it.
They was out there all the time because they knew if they didn’t work there would be no money and that’s what it was, they were keeping the family.