My Place

    Characters: My Place - Sally Morgan # None of the characters in the book are well known except in that each is special and loved and eventually become noteworthy, full of worth. Nan at first feels worthless but gradually develops self worth through love exhibited by her child and grandchildren. The main Characters are: **Sally **- The first person narrator, Sally simply and candidly tells us the story of her life and her emerging self discovery and voice.

    Frontier Massacres #  Cook’s Orders: *“to look for signs of occupation and negotiate with any natives they encountered”. he was further ordered “to open dialogue and establish friendship”. * Thomas Morton, President of the Royal Society added:* “any natives you encounter are to be considered natural and legal possessors and no European nation has the right to occupy or settle among them without their consent. * Despite many hostile receptions, Cook ignored his express orders and before leaving the shores of New Holland, Cook declared it* **“terra nullus”*, planted a British Flag on Possession Island.

    MY PLACE – Sally Morgan # Context and Background #  This is a novel of journeys; a journey of four lives, of self-discovery, a journey home. Though it involves physical travel, it is very much a spiritual, emotional and inner search for dignity and belonging. As an autobiography, it is written in a narrative style that depicts Sally Morgan’s inner journey of self – discovery. She grew up in Manning, a suburb of Perth in the early fifties and sixties believing that she was part of main stream Australia until clues began to emerge that somehow she was different.

    Style and Language - My Place - Sally Morgan # LITERARY TECHNIQUE My Place uses a Craft of Writing by ordinary people for ordinary people. The style appeals to non-literary readers. It is non-fiction yet it uses many of the conventions and processes of literature. It is characterised by anti-intellectual and non-academic research and writing. It is an oral story of personal triumph against whiteman’s way and all odds.

    Evaluation: #  This is an excellent low key or understated portrayal of the injustices white people have imposed on the original occupants of Australia and the attempts made by aboriginal people to reclaim their sense of identity and belonging. Using the actual voices of the participants, Sally Morgan’s autobiographical novel like her painting, is a rich tapestry told in an ironic matter of fact manner that gives each of the characters a worthy dignity that no one can take away.

    Issues, Concerns, Themes, Values My Place Sally Morgan #  Sally is driven by a need to: interpret her life. struggle for self hood “Mum never let me belong”. family attempts to deny her the right to know her heritage. take a pilgrimage north links her to an extended family. Call of bird - symbol - Aboriginal call will continue.  Book displays a strong social consciousness. (explodes a number of myths) Nan’s experiences literally “unspeakable”

    Post Colonialism in Australia # Colonialism has been a part of history since the beginning of early civilisations. Great empires can only develop by the exploitation of other civilisations for both cheap labours and a source of raw materials. Ancient Greece had colonies as did Troy, Persia and later Rome. In fact early Britain was once a colony of first Rome, then the Vikings, and finally the Normans. It was during the Middle Ages that Europe began to explore the world for a source of raw materials that a race for colonies began.

    Rottnest Island’s dark past # BY:BRONWYN WATSON From:The Australian December 15, 2012 ****WITH its 63 beaches, Rottnest Island is a favorite Tourist spot, yet many visitors are unaware there is a sinister side to the island’s history. From 1838, for nearly 100 years, Rottnest Island, about 20km off the coast of Western Australia, was a prison where 3700 Aboriginal men and boys, ranging in age from eight to 70, were brought from right across the state to be imprisoned, often for minor offences such as stealing food.