Joe Northover talks about his Mum’s work for Native Welfare
Mum, yeah, she taught us language and stuff. Mum used to work too. She used to work for the Welfare. When we moved to Collie she got a job at the Welfare there as a homemaker. Mum helped the Noongars, showed them how to look after a house because a lot of Noongars had come in from the bush, lived in a tent and all of a sudden they got this house. What we do? Simple things like using the gas in the stove. They was still sitting outside cooking on a fire. Gas stove inside brand new. Never been used. They were all scared so Mum’s job was to teach them and how to look after them and also to get their kids back out of the mission, how to be good people so if you were good enough you had your kids back.
From: Joe Northover, interview for South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, 31 July 2008
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