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The boys from St Francis

Author: Ashley Mallett
Publisher: Mile End, S.A. : Wakefield Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This remarkable true story pays tribute to a band of Aboriginal boys who grew up together in one group home - many succeeding spectacularly in later life. In 1945, Anglican priest Father Percy Smith brought six boys from their Northern Territory home to an Adelaide beach suburb. There, they became the first boys of St Francis, a place that would house 50 such boys over 11 years. Some were sent, with the blessing of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Mallett, Ashley.
Boys from St Francis.
Mile End, S.A. : Wakefield Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1050964102
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ashley Mallett
ISBN: 9781743055991 1743055994
OCLC Number: 1076542789
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 286 pages) : portraits
Responsibility: Ashley Mallett.

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This remarkable true story pays tribute to a band of Aboriginal boys who grew up together in one group home - many succeeding spectacularly in later life. In 1945, Anglican priest Father Percy Smith brought six boys from their Northern Territory home to an Adelaide beach suburb. There, they became the first boys of St Francis, a place that would house 50 such boys over 11 years. Some were sent, with the blessing of their mothers, to gain an education. Others were members of the Stolen Generations. In their interviews with Ashley Mallett, many of these men recall Father Smith's kindness and care. His successors, however, were often brutal, and the boys faced prejudice in a wider world largely built to exclude Indigenous Australians. The Boys from St Francis is a sometimes shocking, but ultimately hopeful book about black and white Australia, told through one constellation of lives, sharing one seaside address.

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