Proud Race

Dreaming Stories

Stories sent to Proud Race about those who have entered The Dreaming.


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Euphemia Mullett

When we lived on Lake Tyers Reserve, my father wasn't allowed to visit us. To come to see us, he had to sneak in across the lake during the night and be away by the next morning. A man not allowed to stay with his family! That was Lake Tyers! That was one of the reasons we moved to Jacksons Track.

Mungo Woman

About 42,000 years ago, Mungo Lady lived around the shores of Lake Mungo. A time of plenty was coming to an end at Willandra Lakes, when the basins were full of water and teeming with life. The human population was at its peak, and Mungo Lady was the daughter of many mothers - the generations before her that had lived at Lake Mungo since the Dreamtime. She collected bush tucker such as fish, shellfish, yabbies, wattle seeds and emu eggs, nourished her culture and taught her daughters the women's lore.

Gwendoline Pepper

My mother, Gwendoline was the third eldest child of seven children, the daughter of Percy and Lucy Pepper (nee Thorpe). Part of Percy and Lucy's journey through life has been put together in a book called "Foot Prints" by Simon Flagg and Sebastian Gurciullo, and published by the National Archives of Australia and Public Records Office of Victoria.

Joan Robinson

Joan was the eldest daughter of Alice and Alf Kelly one of elevan... she travelled to Melbourne as a young woman determined to break down the barriers to employment for Aboriginal women. She stayed initially with Sir Doug Nicholls and his wife and was employed at Footrest Shoes in Preston where she worked for the next 35 years.

Linda Twite

Linda was born in Orbost and raised in Buchan; she lived in Melbourne for a period but spent the majority of her life living in Bairnsdale. Linda embodied humility and community spirit, while demonstrating a strength of character that contributed to her succeeding in every role that she took on. Throughout her life Linda set the benchmark for roles of leader, mediator, advisor, respected person and role model. Succinctly, Linda's contribution to the community could be best summed up by Police Inspector Newby at a ceremony for Linda where he said Linda's retirement "would leave four pairs of shoes to be filled".