SummaryLooking at the views and experiences of three generations of Aboriginal Australians, this autobiography unearths political and societal issues contained within Australia’s Aboriginal culture.Sally Morgan travelled to her grandmother’s birthplace, starting a search for information about her family. She uncovers that she is not white but aboriginal—information that was kept a secret because of the stigma of society.This moving account is a classic of Australian literature that finally frees the tongues of the author’s mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.
On balanceThe claims made in My Place are disputed by Judith Drake-Brockman, daughter of Howden Drake-Brockman, a pastoralist who once owned the sheep station, Corunna Downs near Marble Bar, where Sally Morgan’s grandmother was born.Judith’s version of events is detailed in her book Wongi Wongi. In 2004, she requested that Sally Morgan undergo a DNA test to prove her claims that Howden fathered Morgan’s Aboriginal grandmother Daisy, then committed incest with Daisy and fathered Gladys – Sally Morgan’s mother.In the article My Place – a Betrayal of Trust author Tony Thomas asserts Morgan and publisher Ray Coffey from Fremantle Arts Centre Press jointly workshopped an outline for My Place to assure it was marketable, including a number of claims rejected by Drake-Brockman.[[#1 ‘Sally Morgan (artist)’, Wikipedia, retrieved 20/5/2016]
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