Life on a mission

Myora Mission

"…a story told to us by Aunty Mabel Brown and Aunty Janie Sunflower was that as with separate dormitories they had to swim in two different groups. One day the Matron took all the children down to the beach to have a swim, one of the girls slipped away and was swimming with the boys, the Matron of course found out and when she took her back home gave her a flogging for breaking the rules, out of this flogging the girl died. At that time everyone was too scared to speak up about the flogging because it would have meant that you were sent away for speaking out against anyone."

(Aunty Phyliss Donovan & Aunty Joan Costello)

Reproduced with kind permission Bernice Fischer - “Myora Aboriginal Cemetery North Stradbroke Island” (1984) Friends of the Myora Aboriginal Cemetery C/- Anthropology Museum, University of Queensland, St. Lucia. 1984.