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Not Just Black and White : A Conversation Between a Mother and Daughter - Lesley Williams

Not Just Black and White

A Conversation Between a Mother and Daughter

Paperback Published: 26th August 2015
ISBN: 9780702253843
Number Of Pages: 344

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Lesley Williams was forced to leave the Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement and her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant. Apart from pocket money, Lesley never saw her wages – they were kept ‘safe’ for her and for countless others just like her. She was taught not to question her life, until desperation made her start to wonder, where is all that money she earned? And so began a nine-year journey for answers.

Inspired by her mother’s quest, a teenage Tammy Williams entered a national writing competition with an essay about injustice. The winning prize took Tammy and Lesley to Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch and ultimately to the United Nations in Geneva. Along the way, they found courage they never thought they had and friendship in the most unexpected places.

About the Author

Lesley Williams is a respected Murri (Aboriginal) Elder. She is best known for instigating the domestic and international Justice for Aboriginal Workers campaign. In 2003 she was awarded the Centenary Medal for her distinguished services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Lesley has co-produced and consulted on a number of documentary films including The Ration Shed and For Their Own Good, and co-wrote On The Banks of the Barambah: A History of Cherbourg. Tammy Williams is a Murri woman and was admitted as a barrister in 2002. Tammy was profiled in the documentary "Black Chicks Talking" and in 2011 was included in the International Women s Day Power of 100 a list of one hundred women who have helped to shape Australia."

Not Just Black and White is wonderful, exciting, moving .


A very worthwhile inspiring and fascinating true story

South Australia


Super book - moving and inspiring


This is both a wonderful memoir and an important historical book. As a memoir, the story is moving and inspiring how one person, mother Lesley, is able to rise above what her situation might have destined for her, and to inspire her children to better quality and confident lives. Lesley is one special person. As an historical book, how many Australians are like me, having no idea of the degree of suppression of indigenous people (growing up about the same time I did). It will be an inspiring movie one day. The book is a wonderful book and very highly recommended.





I loved this book. Couldn't put it down, and can't wait to discuss in my bookclub.




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ISBN: 9780702253843
ISBN-10: 9780702253843
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 26th August 2015
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.4  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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