Generations Stolen: Audrey Melaney

Audrey Melaney’s mother was removed and placed in the Bungalow, a government run compound for “half-caste” aboriginal children in Alice Springs. When she left, she could neither read nor write. “She was lost in Alice,” says Audrey.After Audrey was born, her mother could not care for her or her siblings, and signed documents confirming that Audrey was part aboriginal to get her into St. Mary’s Hostel, an institution for “half caste” children.“My mom got removed, she became displaced… she became destitute… we had to get put in the home, so we really lost out… we’re sorta really a lost generation too... she was stolen… and the effects of all that really affects me, my kids, my grandkids, that trans-generational trauma. It just continues on and on.”
Audrey Melaney

Audrey Melaney’s mother was removed and placed in the Bungalow, a government run compound for “half-caste” aboriginal children in Alice Springs. When she left, she could neither read nor write. “She was lost in Alice,” says Audrey. 

After Audrey was born, her mother could not care for her or her siblings, and signed documents confirming that Audrey was part aboriginal to get her into St. Mary’s Hostel, an institution for “half caste” children. 

“My mom got removed, she became displaced… she became destitute… we had to get put in the home, so we really lost out… we’re sorta really a lost generation too... she was stolen… and the effects of all that really affects me, my kids, my grandkids, that trans-generational trauma. It just continues on and on.”