Maxine Kunde is second generation stolen. Her mother was taken in the 1920’s, put into the Kahlin Compound in Darwin, and moved from institution to institution in the years to follow. Maxine was born in 1948 in Darwin. When her father died in 1955, her step brother, called the welfare, reporting that her mother was unfit and neglectful.
“I was standing around playing marbles, and my two older sisters… watched these two people get out of a car… and my sister said to me ‘run!’… but the welfare lady had me.”
“(They) never taught us about anything, birds and the bees, nothing, just religion,” recalls Maxine. “When I was 15, I ended up getting pregnant. For a little girl, I couldn’t understand what was happening here, and you don’t know nothing… and of course they kick you off the island, and just threw me into Darwin.” Her daughter was removed from her and eventually fostered to a family in Sydney. She didn’t reconnect with her until she had grown up.