• What happened to Olive when she was caught? • Why do you think Molly decided she should lead their escape? • Why do you think Gracie was reluctant to go? Why might she have changed her mind? • How is music used in the escape scene to heighten the atmosphere? The Black Tracker • Consider the role of Moodoo, the Aboriginal tracker. Do you think that he could have found the girls if he really wanted to? What reason may he have had for not wanting to find them? • Do you think Moodoo gives up on searching for the girls? Why or why not? Survival on the Journey Home • How do you think each of the girls might have been feeling after they first escaped? • How would their moods and feelings have changed as the journey continued? • Why would Mr Neville have been so keen to keep news of the escape out of the paper? • What might have motivated the woman at the farm to give the children clothes and food, but then inform the authorities of their whereabouts?
10 Molly is not only very determined but also very clever. • Identify the various strategies that she uses to evade capture and enable the girls to survive and pursue their journey to the end. • How would you describe the country that the girls had to cross on their journey? Use an atlas to help construct your answer to this question. Whenever Molly is asked where she is going, the answer is always the one word: ‘home’. • What does this concept mean to Molly? Represent Molly’s concept of home either as a drawing or as a poem. • Imagine you are Molly aged about thirty, and the mother of two children. Tell your children what you learnt (life truths and practical skills) from your experiences in 1931. Meeting Mavis The girls stumble across a remote farm where they meet Mavis, another Stolen Generations Aboriginal girl who is working as a domestic helper. • What evidence is there to suggest that life is very difficult for Mavis? • Why was she so keen for the girls to shelter with her for the night? • Why did Mavis think that her boss would not report the girls? fi lm tell us what happened to the girls. Gracie was transported back to Moore River settlement after her capture. Later she was sent out as domestic help on farms in the wheatbelt, and to institutions in the city. She married and had six children. She never returned to Jigalong and died in 1983. Daisy moved to the Jimalbar goldfields, then to a camp along the rabbit-proof fence south of Jigalong. She married and had four children. Later she lived and worked on a mission. Daisy now lives with her family at Jigalong. Molly was trained and employed as a domestic help on Balfour Downs station where she met and married Toby Kelly, a stockman. She had two daughters, Doris and Annabelle. In 1940, she was again transported to Moore River, and was denied permission to return to Balfour Downs. In January 1942, she again escaped, leaving Doris behind, but took her eighteen month old daughter on the same route she had taken nine years earlier. Three years later, Annabelle was taken from her, and Molly never saw her again.
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