A Question of Colour
A Question of Colour; my journey to belongingÂ provides a first-hand account of Pattie's experiences as a fair-skinned Aboriginal during Australia's assimilationist policy era and recounts her survival following a decade of sexual, physical and emotional abuse as a Ward of the State.Â A Question of ColourÂ is a deeply moving and powerful testimony to the resilience of a young girl, her identity and her journey to belong.
- NewSouth Books
- Publish Date
- August 2020
The removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families remains a dark chapter in Australia's history. Pattie Lees was just ten years old when she and her four siblings were separated from their mother on the grounds of neglect and placed into State care. Believing she was being shipped and exiled to Africa, Pattie was ultimately fated to spend the rest of her childhood on the island once dubbed Australia's Alcatraz -Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement, off the coast of Queensland