Proud Race

Dreaming Stories

Stories sent to Proud Race about those who have entered The Dreaming.

 

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Connie Hart, Gunditjmara basket weaver, was born in 1917 in Little Dunmore, near Lake Condah Mission in South Western Victoria. Connie attended the mission school during her childhood, but was always attentive to the stories and practices of her mother and her elders while she was growing up. She finished school at 14, thenhelped her father, Angus, and her two brothers in their rabbiting business. When she was sixteen she began to work as a maid and cook for properties in the western districts of Victoria, before she moved to Melbourne. During World War II she worked in a munitions factory, in later years she worked as a wards person at St. Vincent's Hospital, and then for 25 years making shoes in Dummett's Factory in Fitzroy.

Sheila's married life to Tom Baksh took them from Melbourne, to the banks of the Murray River backwash, Marysville, then to Nathalia. Sheila's younger sister spent a lot of school holidays with them no matter where they were living at the time. She remembers well the time in Marysville where Tommy worked on Taylor's Mill; they were living in a house at the Mill and one night a log rolled out of the fireplace, a passerby say part of the house burning and pulled in and woke them all up – Sheila got everyone out safely.

Eddie Kneebone was the eldest of 14 children, with 8 sisters and 5 brothers. He was a self- taught painter and a Lecturer and Artist in Residence at Wodonga TAFE. In 1999 Eddie was chosen as Wodonga's Citizen of the Year and followed up with the Pax Christie International Peace Prize in 2000; he was the first Australian to receive this prestigious award.

Gunyuk Milawa was born at Wangaratta around 1830, her parents were Boralma and Yerrabin Milawa .. they were members of the Wangarattapan, a sub-clan of the Pangernag Nation whose entire boundaries extend from the south at Mansfield, north to Colleambally NSW, east to Chiltern, Vic, and west to Echuca, Vic., (this has been extensivel researched and documented by many historians and researchers.

"I was born, on the 17th of June, 1945, to William and Midge Muir, the oldest child in a family of six. As an Aboriginal youngster I lived as a fringe dweller on the outskirts of Mooroopna, by the banks of the Goulburn River, in a tin humpy, like so many of my people at that time. It seemed that most Aboriginal people were unskilled workers in white society, and were employed throughout the area as pickers in orchards, or in tomato or pea paddocks. To most this was a way of life, and survival, but I vowed in later years that this was not for me."