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Aboriginal cultural heritage

Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Ballina and Cabbage Tree Island

Twelve Aboriginal Women from Cabbage Tree Island and Ballina have contributed to this publication and taken part in a project designed to help raise the profile of the unique historical experience of Aboriginal women along the lower Richmond River.

In this publication each of the women reminisce about their childhood and about their working lives as domestic servants and factory workers in the inner city suburbs of Brisbane and Sydney. Their accounts describe the community spirit found between the various families that once lived on the island during a time when life was hard and limited for Aboriginal people. They describe their favourite places and activities and the way times have changed.

All the women have a strong connection to the area and to the people who live there. They descibe the support and sense of connection that still unites the Cabbage Tree Island community. Times may have changed for these women but their memories, love and knowledge will now be passed on for all to appreciate.

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Page last updated: 29 November 2011