Jackson's Track: Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Jackson's Track: Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Jackson's Track: Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Jackson's Track: Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

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I decided to write this book because of my children. I believe they should know about the history of Jackson’s Track, and their mother and father’s life story. Euphie and I had kept silent for years but we knew the children should be told. We thought that if I wrote a book our children could hand it down to their children, and other people would be able to read about the problems between blacks and whites in Australia.

My daughter Pauline told me that she knew a school teacher who was interested in Aboriginal people and their culture. She said her name was Lyn Landon and she wanted to meet me, so Pauline brought her home to my place. I found her a down-to-earth person with a lot of knowledge, a person caring of what was happening to this country. I told her I was writing a book and could use some help with it. She told me she had some writing experience and would be happy to help me.

I would write down things I remembered about the early days on the Track. She would take what I had written back to her place and start putting it all together on her machine. Each week we would talk about what I had written, then she would ask questions and take notes. I found it hard to write about our private lives but she was encouraging and said the truth had to be told, even if it was about my own family. Week after week Lyn drew my story out of me.

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