Nicholas Flowers was born 100km east of Alice Springs in the old mining town of Arltunga. He was removed from his mother before his first birthday and sent to the Catholic mission called Garden Point on Melville Island in the Tiwi Islands.
“They’d strip us and flog us with a sewing machine belt… them old Singer sewing machines. The priest had one of them and used to flog us naked,” says Flowers. He did meet his mother later in life but didn’t form any meaningful relationship. She died in the late 1970’s. “It didn't make me angry,” says Flowers, “because I grew up all my life without a mother.”