Shirley Lewis' great grandmother, grandmother, and mother all had siblings and children removed and placed in missions. She eventually connected with some of her lost family decades later.
"...Seeing a family member you haven't seen for a long time... even you didn't know them... there's a connection there and you hug, kiss, cry... everything you normally do with family you haven’t seen for a while."
Lewis’ mother was “half-caste” and put on the back of a truck to be removed, but was saved by the head stockman at the cattle station where she worked. Lewis was born later, in 1967, and her mother moved back to her ancestral country in Tennant Creek. Removals were not commonplace by the late 1960’s, but her mother still feared that she could be taken. "My mother used to have my aunt, my full blood aunty, push me around in the pram all covered up so it would look like I was the daughter of a full blood aboriginal.”
Lewis now works as a ranger on aboriginal land, taking care of the country.