Eddie Gilbert: The Stolen Generation

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Eddie Gilbert 1 August 1905 - January 1978 Good Morning friendly citizens of the world. I, Eddie Gilbert was once a successful cricket player, but my golden days are over. I have witnessed and experienced the despair and hopelessness of many Aboriginal people living in Australia, as I myself was a victim of the Stolen Generation. Here today I am going to talk about why it is important for all Aboriginal people to receive the vote and citizenship in Australia. My parents were Kanju people from Cooktown, they gave birth to me at Durundur Reserve near Woodford in 1905. When I was four I was taken from my parents and removed to Barambah Reserve near Murgon, in the south-east of Queensland. This reserve was where I grew up and became the cricketer who I once was. Living on a reserve wasn't at all fun, the Aborigines Protection Act controlled our every move, it controlled where and how all Aborigines in Queensland could live and as a royal commission put it, to "smooth the dying pillow" of a "race doomed to extinction." As you can see we Aboriginals were "out of sight, out of mind.” We were used as agricultural labour on white-owned rural properties for little or no wages. Innocent children were taken from their parents and forced into white society, I remember one day when our neighbours daughter was taken, they just came…show more content…
We played cricket as revenge for "working sun-up to sun-down for tea and flour and rations". My fellow teammates and I would normally thrash the local white cricket teams. We were coached by our local schoolmaster, who stated that I had "a remarkable style of fast bowling". My fast bowling gave me a reputation that grew to the extent that the Queensland Cricket Association invited me to Brisbane in 1929, when I proved to everyone that Aboriginal people could play cricket as well, "with my whip-like wrist action and rapid

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