Inside All Graded Readers (3)
Doris Pilkington Garimara
Retold by Jennifer Bassett
STAGE 3 - True Stories
Fourteen-year-old Molly and her cousins Daisy and Gracie were mixed-race Aborigines. In 1931 they were taken away from their families and sent to a camp to be trained as good 'white' Australians. They were told to forget their mothers, their language, their home.
But Molly would not forget. She and her cousins escaped and walked back to Jigalong, 1600 kilometres away, following the rabbit-proof fence north as part of their guide across the desert.
This is the true stoy of that walk, told by Molly's daughter, Doris. It is also a prize-winning film.