At present I have the Aboriginal Heritage people looking into my Maternal Grandma's years of growing up. She was placed in an orphanage in the care of the Sister's of Mercy (Catholic) in 1918. This, by all accounts, makes her part of the stolen generation. This surprised me as I did not ever see it that way. With everything in the news, and the public "Sorry Day" that went on, I did not once think of my Grandma as being part of that.
She never ever complained about her up-bringing, how could she? She did not know any other life.
It was a hard life, but she felt fortunate to have had food, water and a bed to sleep in..even if it was freezing cold. Her day began at 4am and went until 8pm when lights went out. I have alot written down, like a diary, from her days living with me and my husband and my baby boys.
Her life was so interesting. But sad too, as she only ever met her Mum briefly in her life. And then she was introduced as a friend of a friend.
Anyway, the Aboriginal Heritage people have been great and I await their news with anticipation.... of family members that I did not know I had, of the heritage that my Grandmother had stolen from her..I want to restore it with my four children.