Generations Stolen: Maureen Hunter

Maureen Hunter was born to a Kayteye mother and spent her early childhood at Neutral Junction Station near Barrow Creek. She was taken during the evacuation of the north in the war years and sent to South Australia. After the war, she was sent up to Garden Point on Melville Island. “Everything was new, I wasn’t use to the high spear grass… I missed them (her family), but you soon get used to it, and there were others to keep you busy. We all got together and made ourselves as family. We still treat each other as family, as brothers and sisters today.”She began looking into her family history as an adult, with the help of her daughter Rosie Baird. “I didn’t even know my mother’s real name.” She remembers finding five different names for her mother on various archived documents.
Maureen Hunter

Maureen Hunter was born to a Kayteye mother and spent her early childhood at Neutral Junction Station near Barrow Creek. She was taken during the evacuation of the north in the war years and sent to South Australia. After the war, she was sent up to Garden Point on Melville Island.  

“Everything was new, I wasn’t use to the high spear grass… I missed them (her family), but you soon get used to it, and there were others to keep you busy. We all got together and made ourselves as family. We still treat each other as family, as brothers and sisters today.” 

She began looking into her family history as an adult, with the help of her daughter Rosie Baird. “I didn’t even know my mother’s real name.” She remembers finding five different names for her mother on various archived documents.