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The Stolen Generations – Is it really over?


28 May 2014

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Services invites you to a National Reconciliation Week event, The Stolen Generations – Is it really over?, presenting the school's Artist-in-Residence 2014, ALI COBBY ECKERMANN in conversation with JEFF MCMULLEN AM.

Eckermann, Australian Aboriginal poet and writer and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work’s Artist-in-Residence 2014, will be talking about the impact of the Stolen Generations – the Federal and State governments' policy of forcible removal of Indigenous Australian children from their families. The practice continued for over 70 years until well into the 1970s and, in Cobby Eckermann's experience, three generations of her family were affected by separation; her mother Ngingali Cullen, herself, and her only son, Jonnie. Nurse and activist Ngingali (formerly known as Audrey Kinnear, nee Cobby) was a founder of National Sorry Day, the precursor to National Reconciliation Week. Cobby Eckermann will celebrate her mother and examine the policy's devastating and ongoing impact and the importance of apology, reconciliation and forgiveness. Hosted by Professor ROBYN EWING. There will also be an audience Q&A.

ALI COBBY ECKERMANN, poet and writer, was born on Kaurna Country, and grew up on Ngadjuri country South Australia. She has travelled extensively and lived most of her adult life on Arrernte country, Jawoyn country and Larrakia country in the Northern Territory. Eckermann met her birth mother, Audrey, when she was in her 30s and learnt that her mob was Yankunytjatjara from north-west South Australia. Eckermann’s first book of poetry Little Bit Long Time was published by the Australian Poetry Centre as part of the New Poets series in 2009. Her poetry reflects her journey to reconnect with her Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha family. In 2011, her first verse novel, His Father’s Eyes was published, but her second verse novel, Ruby Moonlight, won the Kuril Dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship, which is part of the black&write! Indigenous Editing and Writing Project, the State Library of Queensland. The novel was then published in 2012 by Magabala Books, and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and was awarded the Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013.

DR JEFF MCMULLEN is a journalist, author and film-maker. He has been a foreign correspondent for the ABC, reporter for Four Corners and 60 Minutes, interviewer and anchor of the 33-part issue series on ABC Television, Difference of Opinion and host of televised forums on the National Indigenous Television Network. His work and focus has long been the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their education and housing needs, and the chronic illness cluster taking so many lives. He is the Honorary CEO of Ian Thorpe’s Fountain of Youth, Director of AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), Director of Australian Indigenous Engineering Summer School program and has been prominent in the Close the Gap campaign. A short film directed by McMullen, East Coast Encounter, opens at the Australian Maritime Museum in May 2014, as artists, poets and historians explore Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives of James Cook’s 1770 contact with Aboriginal people.

Event details

  • When: 5.30–7pm
  • Where: General Lecture Theatre 1
    The Quadrangle
    University of Sydney
  • Cost: Complimentary
  • Contact:

    Helen Loughlin
    Alumni Relations & Events Manager
    T: +61 2 9351 2791


The Stolen Generations – Is it really over?


General Lecture Theatre 1

The Quadrangle

University of Sydney 


28 May 2014

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