Isabel Flick: The Many Lives of an Extraordinary Aboriginal Woman

Isabel Flick: The Many Lives of an Extraordinary Aboriginal Woman

Isabel Flick: The Many Lives of an Extraordinary Aboriginal Woman

Isabel Flick: The Many Lives of an Extraordinary Aboriginal Woman

Synopsis

The remarkable life of Isabel Flick, a leading Aboriginal community activist, is portrayed in this work. Her story, as told to one of Australia's leading experts on Aboriginal history, paints a picture of the experience of Aboriginal people in Australia during the 20th century and of race relations in its rural towns. Flick's life, from her childhood in a small town in New South Wales to her work fighting for reform in education and healthcare, is explored in inspirational detail. Her accomplishments, including the laying of groundwork for the unrest preceding Australia's Freedom Ride in 1965 and her work with the union movement are detailed, culminating in her 1991 nomination as town spokesperson for a small town in New South Wales with a long history of racism. Flick's is a story of determination and success in the face of cultural barriers.

Excerpt

The art of story telling—and the value of personal narratives—is beautifully captured by this wonderful book about an amazing woman who lived through tough times. the life of Isabel Flick is the story of an Australian hero. a hero who fought injustice with her every breath, every minute of her life. Isabel Flick did not just take up the battles of her own people; she took up the battles of decency and fairness for all.

Isabel's story is also a reflection of the treatment, policies and life experiences of the indigenous people in north-western New South Wales. It captures experiences of shocking racism, injustice and incredible pain, and also the important bond of family and community. It shows Isabel's wonderful humour, her love of life and her great humility, all mixed with an iron will. the collaborative effort of Heather Goodall and the Flick family in putting this book together strengthens our collective narrative.

There is one story that, for me, captures Isabel Flick the person. One of her dreams was to get a tarred road from the township of Collarenebri to the Aboriginal cemetery, which is located on private property about six kilometres out of town. For over twenty years the dream was passionately pursued. in November 2002, the road was finally completed, eighteen months after Izzie's death.

I attended the opening of Bell's Way. There were people, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, from all over. the northwest towns were represented by the elders and senior people from those communities, and the Flick family were dignified and present in great force.

What that road symbolises is a tribute to the life of Isabel Flick. Bell's Way and the battle to have it constructed is a very important stitching in of . . .

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