Many years ago I was startled by a poster on a wall which said: "White Australia has a black history." That poster jolted me out of my comfortable white view of the world, as I had never been taught to think that way as I grew up in a sheltered white suburbia.
Since then I have realised more and more just how "black" that history has been and what consecutive governments have done to conceal the truth in the name of white Australia.
Prisoner in Paradise is the story of five generations of an Aboriginal family as they have unwittingly and also knowingly struggled against annihilation. Australia has recently been facing an awakening of race relations in respect to Indigenous people and although we are being called upon to soon vote in a referendum to recognise Aboriginal people in the Constitution, many people remain blissfully ignorant of the true facts.
There's an old song about the streets of London which says, "Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London, I'll show you something that will help you change your mind." Please take my hand and come with me on a journey through the streets of our past. I will show you something that will help you change your mind...
About the author:
Sally Dudley and her husband belong to the Baby Boomers generation. My parents met and married after serving in the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) in World War 2. They built a house in Perth W.A. and had four children, of whom I was the third. My turbulent teenage years finally led to me becoming a Christian when I was 18 years old. Sally and her husband Cedric live in Queensland, and while they don't have any children of their own, she is honoured today to be called Aunty, Mum and Nanna by many children.