Huts at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement 1911
Rita Huggins remembers leaving her grandmother in Woorabinda while the rest of the family were transported to Barambah:
“We went to Woorabinda to leave her there. She only lived three weeks after that. She went into the bush to die. She didn’t have the will. “Don’t take my gundaberries (children). Don’t take them. I bring them into the world” she said to the policeman but he just pushed her aside.”
- Rita Huggins, interview, 1984
The profound trauma of being driven from their traditional country and of having their family networks and culture shattered is still vivid for many of our parents and grandparents.