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Jacinta Walsh

Jacinta Walsh

Research topic:

Letters of hope.

Why is your research important?

In the early to mid 20th Century, under the Aborigines Act 1905, WA, the Chief Protector of Aborigines became the legal guardian of Aboriginal children till the age of 16 years. During this time, Indigenous Australian parents wrote thousands of letters to the Chief Protector of Aborigines asking for a better life for their families. My family letters provide the basis for my PhD. Through these letters an Australian story unfolds.

Supervisors:

Prof Lynette Russell (Main), Dr Rachel Stanfield (External), Dr Leonie Stevens (Associate)