Dad always taught me how to get home: Frances Bodkin

Auntie Frances Bodkin was put in fourteen foster homes and Paramatta Girls Home. Her father had taught her how to get home and she always ran away from her placements. At the age of 14, with her mother dying, she was allowed to remain with her family. Although they did not openly identify as Koori, she suspects that the authorities knew and that was partly why she was removed.

Keywords: Identity; childhood; racism; stolen generations; school; values; moving; law