“I was one week old when I was taken away from Borroloola, from my mother, and my father, he was alive at the time, he was 67 years old,” says Luke. He was taken to Garden Point on Melville Island where he spent the first twelve years of his life.
“They robbed us. I feel angry. I feel angry about the fact that I can’t speak my mother's language, and the fact that by rights in my tradition, I should be a lawman, or an important person in the clan group… I've missed out on that, especially the stories… I try to turn my anger into something positive like writing poetry... I can read it at the school. I told kids how I feel… it's recorded, it's in writing… so other kids can relate to it.”
Money the government allocated to help members of the Stolen Generation to find and connect with family was believed by many to be too little too late. “What's the point of taking me to my mothers grave? I'm not interested…”