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Every day is a day to reconnect since I've been reunited with my own blood family

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09.05.2019

I am Barkindji man from far western New South Wales, born in Broken Hill. I am Kali Skin (Dingo Totem), and my songlines extend from Mt Margaret in central western Queensland, through Tibooburra, Mount Brown, Mutawintji, to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.

I am part of the stolen generation, a NSW state ward removed with two other siblings – I was as a five week old baby. My sister Saphana and brother Reggie were slightly older.

I grew up in a non-Indigenous family in Sydney. My ward file indicates I was committed to the control of the Aborigines Welfare Board on 16 February 1968, when I was 31 days old.

On 8 September 1975 Ivy and Mick O’Connor, my foster family since removal, adopted me. This process officially removed my Aboriginal identity from my birth certificate. Before the adoption my foster parents were informed that my natural mother had psychotic behaviours, in case they didn’t wish to go through with the adoption. This didn’t change their minds.

My adopted family treated me like a spoilt child. I was well cared for, loved by both my parents and adopted siblings. I wanted for nothing, played sports and had the run of the house. I virtually grew up a sole child as my siblings, Beau, Annette, Shirley, Colleen, Michael, Peggy and Jenny, were considerably older and lived with their own families.

I lived with........

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