By Kim Scott
Oceanic in its rhythms and knowing, marvelous in its use of language and photograph, relocating in its largeness of spirit, compelling in its narrative scope and elegance, this interesting trip is a party and lament—of starting and go back, of obliteration and restoration, of silencing, and of strong utterance. either tentative and bold, it speaks to the current and a potential destiny via tales, goals, rhythms, songs, photos and records mobilized from the incompletely stated and nonetheless dynamic prior.
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Then, just as soon as those lines connected … Ernest accompanied the Travelling Inspector of Aborigines, a Mr James Segal. James Segal, perceiving the impression he made on the young man, indulged himself. He had opinions, liked to 46 talk, was an expert. He waved his hands at the bush, pointed to farmland either side of the train, and told Ern he had taken up farming himself, for a time, after working on stations in the north-west. ‘The only people making money now,’ he said with considerable contempt, ‘are speculators.
It seemed logical. Get there. Buy land in between the railway tips. Then, just as soon as those lines connected … Ernest accompanied the Travelling Inspector of Aborigines, a Mr James Segal. James Segal, perceiving the impression he made on the young man, indulged himself. He had opinions, liked to 46 talk, was an expert. He waved his hands at the bush, pointed to farmland either side of the train, and told Ern he had taken up farming himself, for a time, after working on stations in the north-west.
But when Chatalong found he could get paid for the same work, and that his skills were valued … Well, of course he moved away when he could. He was good with horses. He kept to himself, just an occasional visit to the camps of those who cleared the land for the farmers. There was less and less clearing required, and the people became protected, and were kept away from the edge of their traditional runs. There were no police stationed in Wirlup Haven, and Jack was known by the few residents, had been since he was a child, and was still remembered as Sandy One’s young boy who went wild for a bit.
Benang: From the Heart by Kim Scott