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The Incredible Journey First published in 1923 The Incredible Journey tells the story of Iliapa an Aboriginal woman who embarks on a long arduous journey through the Australian outback in search of her son after he is abducted by a white man Catherine Martin said that she wrote this novel 'in order to put on record as faithfully as possible the heroic love and devotion of a black woman when robbed of her child'The novel presents a vivid picture of the Aboriginal people viewed through the eyes of a white novelist their culture their dispossession and in particular this abhorrent white practice of taking Aboriginal children away from their parents


About the Author: Catherine Martin

See this thread for informationCatherine Edith Macauley Martin 1848 1937 was a Scottish born Australian author See also



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  1. says:

    My mother in law spotted this in a book sale and thought of me I'd never heard of it before but it was first published in 1923 and is one of the first depictions of an aboriginal character in fiction The author was raised to think of aboriginals in a enlightened way than most in her time and as she says in order to put on record as faithfully as possible the heroic love and devotion of a black woman when robbed of her childThere is an introduction to the edition I read that places this novel historically and gives some idea of just what a stir it made at the time Martin was born on the isle of Skye and grew up in South Australia following the Highland clearancesThe book follows the character Iliapa an aboriginal woman who went after her son when he was stolen away by a white man Interestingly the book was published right around the same time as the state parliament passed a law increasing the state's power over aboriginal children including allowing them to be taken from their parentsWhile still depicting some prejudices of the time it speaks to the aboriginals as being treated with injustice by whites and having the same intellectual capacity Definitely ahead of its time and an interesting work in the history of Australian literature


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