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The Resource A tear in the soul, Amanda Webster

A tear in the soul, Amanda Webster

Label
A tear in the soul
Title
A tear in the soul
Statement of responsibility
Amanda Webster
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"I don't believe it's possible to hurt another person without hurting oneself, an invisible hurt, a tear in the soul that allows the essence of one's humanity to leak out, like bleeding from a cut. Awareness of the loss might come infrequently or only in the dead of night or when staring at the bottom of a beer glass. But it almost always comes. A collective group can't hurt another collective group either without hurting itself. And I belong to a collective group that has hurt. A foreigner's criticism provides the impetus for Amanda Webster to embark on a long-intended search for two former school friends - Aboriginal kids from the Kurrawang Mission near where she grew up in Kalgoorlie. As a child, Webster supposed Mission kids were well-cared for orphans, however growing awareness forced her to think otherwise. Over the years her questions accumulated: were her friends members of the Stolen Generations? What was life at Kurrawang really like? What are her responsibilities as a non-Indigenous Australian whose family's privilege was built on stolen land? For an institution that existed for over two decades, Webster finds that Kurrawang was strangely undocumented. Nor can she find any trace of her former friends, including a young Aboriginal girl who went on a beach holiday with Amanda's family. Then in 2012, Webster meets Gregory Ugle, an older brother of her former friend Tony. After a four-decade absence, Webster returns to her hometown with Ugle to reconnect with her former friends, and to piece together Kurrawang's story through oral histories and local newspaper archives. Over several trips, a sometimes uneasy tension emerges with Ugle as both he and Webster inch towards a fragile reconciliation. The heartfelt story of a woman's fierce determination to bear witness to the wrongs inflicted upon her childhood friends, purely because of their skin colour. With searingly honest self-reflection, Webster pieces together stories of families and lives brutally ripped apart."--Website
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10553059
Cataloging source
ANL
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Webster, Amanda
Dewey number
B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Webster, Amanda
  • Stolen generations (Australia)
  • Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of
  • Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of
  • Children, Aboriginal Australian
  • Stolen generations (Australia)
  • Reconciliation
  • Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of
  • Kurrawang Mission (W.A.)
Target audience
adult
Label
A tear in the soul, Amanda Webster
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Publication
Copyright
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Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057661467
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
330 pages
Isbn
9781742235134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)952278674
Label
A tear in the soul, Amanda Webster
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057661467
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
330 pages
Isbn
9781742235134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)952278674

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