Dorothy Maloney: The Milligan family

Dorothy Maloney writes about the Milligan family of the Hawkesbury River, consisting of Eva Milligan, her four children, an aged grandfather and a disabled uncle. Their only regular income is a war pension. Maloney writes: ‘the little hut is quite unfit for such a family to live in. It is neither rain nor wind proof. The wind whistles through it and that the children have not died of Pneumonia or other similar diseases is remarkable evidence of the hardy-hood of the Australian people. Furniture, utensils, or ordinary comforts are conspicuously absent and the surroundings, taken as a whole, are complete evidence of the callousness of the Government regarding the welfare of the remnants of the original owners of this country. Maynard, p. 98.