Joyce Herbert escapes from mission authorities

Joyce Herbert escapes from mission authorities in western Sydney. Removed from her Aboriginal mother and sent to Mulgoa Mission as a very young child, Joyce escapes at 14 years of age and goes into hiding. The Aboriginal Welfare Board and police search for her in vain. While in hiding, Joyce is re-united with her mother Tess who travelled from Central Australia years previously to be near her daughter. The case receives much publicity. A court rules the following year that Joyce can live with her mother. Her mother cries at the decision, saying she has been out of her mind with worry. Joyce later moves to the Brisbane Waters district, raises her own family and becomes actively involved with the local Aboriginal community, especially the the Mingaletta Corporation at Umina. (see video of Joyce Herbert)