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Keynote 2 Records of Stolen Wages in Queensland


Presentation Description

Lesley Williams was forced to leave the Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement and her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant. Apart from pocket money, Lesley never saw her wages – they were kept ‘safe’ for her and for countless others just like her. She was taught not to question her life, until desperation made her start to wonder, where is all that money she earned? And so began a nine-year journey for answers. 
Lesley met Loris Williams in the 1990’s, when she was campaigning for the stolen wages of generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. Her presentation is about her journey through time and acknowledges the commitment Loris has made by being the first Aboriginal archivist.

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