Generations Stolen: Margaret Furber

Margaret Furber was born in Alice Springs in 1947. She was placed in St. Mary’s Hostel on the outskirts of town because her mother was not able to take care of her. Her siblings were all sent to the Tiwi Islands. She says the separation was “very traumatic.”“I feel very much that I can’t connect properly with my family like I would have growing up as brother and sister. I see other families, and how other families act, brothers and sisters, and look at the way they love each other and joke and carry on… we can’t do that, because we got no history together, because we were all taken and separated in different ways.”
Margaret Furber

Margaret Furber was born in Alice Springs in 1947. She was placed in St. Mary’s Hostel on the outskirts of town because her mother was not able to take care of her. Her siblings were all sent to the Tiwi Islands. She says the separation was “very traumatic.” 

“I feel very much that I can’t connect properly with my family like I would have growing up as brother and sister. I see other families, and how other families act, brothers and sisters, and look at the way they love each other and joke and carry on… we can’t do that, because we got no history together, because we were all taken and separated in different ways.”