Alice's daughter: lost mission child
Rhonda Collard-Spratt with Jacki Ferro
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In 1954, aged three, Rhonda Collard-Spratt was taken from her Aboriginal family and placed on Carnarvon Native Mission, Western Australia. Growing up in the white world of chores and aprons, religious teachings and cruel beatings, Rhonda drew strength and healing from her mission brothers and sisters, her art, music and poetry, and her unbreakable bond with the Dreaming.

Alice’s Daughter is the story of Rhonda’s search for culture and family as she faces violence, racism, foster families, and her father’s death in custody; one of the first deaths investigated as part of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Written in Rhonda’s distinctive voice, Alice’s Daughter is fearless, compelling and intimate reading.  Coupled with her vibrant and powerful paintings and poetry, Rhonda’s is a journey of sadness, humour, resilience and ultimately survival.

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Reviews (3)
Name : Jacquie Garton-Smith
Location : Perth, Western Australia
Title : We can't ignore the past, but we can learn from it.
Review : I purchased Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child in hard copy at an event at the Centre for Stories in Perth. This is a confronting story, but one that all Australians need to understand. In telling her story with Jacki Ferro, Rhonda Collard-Spratt’s voice and resilience shines through – and having heard her speak and sing, I can appreciate how authentic that is! Rhonda's beautiful poetry and artwork is included – along with her music a part of her healing – and they add so much more insight and depth. I would love to see this powerful book become part of school and university curricula.

Name : Teresa
Location : Durack Brisbane
Title : Alice's Daughter
Review : A wonderful story - cleverly interweaving real life with poetry and prose. It is sad but inspirational - and proves determination can overcome adversity! A great read!

Name : Glenys
Location : Capalaba
Title : A Powerful story
Review : This a powerful story shared generously from Rhonda's heart. Rhonda has shared raw and at times different to read brutalities she has survived, her love of life, humor and gentle heart. It is a story of a woman's resilience and spirit in talking about the discrimination and racism of not just the past but the current reality of our First Nation people of Australia. Highly recommended.

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