Smashing Serendipity by Louise K Hansen is a book that I feel everyone should read. I found myself feeling so very angry and sad for an entire race of people. It’s so very shameful how the First Nations Australians were treated by white folk.
Lavinia was the ninth child of ten. She was born with hazel eyes and blonde hair. The hair colour came from her Irish ancestor but being the only one in the family or for that matter in her mob with blonde hair meant that she was singled out by the other children and teased. She never felt that she was in any way beautiful and so badly wished that she had beautiful dark hair like her sisters.
She saw firsthand the abuse that white men inflicted upon her family members and how their laws were designed to make the First Nations people act more like white folk. They were banned from speaking their native language and if caught, women risked having their children taken from them so they could be raised in white Christian homes.
She saw the damage the consumption of alcohol could cause and decided that it was not something that she would ever take part in. When she proudly had children of her own, she reached a point where her children were taken from her but she worked hard to get them back and won.
Lavinia shows that she has strength and courage. She raised her family with love and a strong sense of pride. She taught by example and led a life she was proud of.
I really was thrilled to be able to read this story of such a wonderfully strong woman. The book made me feel so many emotions and I feel much more knowledgeable after reading it. I was so moved that I decided I wanted to get in touch with her to let her know how wonderfully moving I found her story. I was saddened to hear that she passed away in June 2022.
I suggest that you take the time to read this book. I am very sure you won’t be disappointed and I am also sure that you will learn things and become more educated – and that is always a good thing.
A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading Smashing Serendipity – The Story of One Moorditj Yorga by Louise K Hansen. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
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