Is That You, Ruthie?

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Is that you, Ruthie?

Ruth Hegarty’s 1999 autobiography,” Is that you, Ruthie?”, Illuminates the trials and tribulations that were experienced by Aboriginal families under the 1897 Aboriginals Protection and the restriction of the Sale of Opium Bill. “The Act” encouraged Aboriginal Families onto reserves such as Cherbourg which in turn created a sense of entrapment in these camps as well as various Employment blunders that are still being reported on today.
The Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Bill was passed in 1898 and was, in part, created by Archibald Meston (Blake 1998, Vol. 22, p51) along with other influential politicians, under the pretence that the Aboriginals were part of a “dying race”. This prompted a “protection” bill to be introduced by the Australian Government; however, the Bill was exploited and used as a device for the removal and separation of Aboriginal families. The autobiography “Is that you, Ruthie?” takes into account the perspective of Ruth Hegarty who was removed to the Cherbourg reserve with her family and the various problems that her family faced during their time on the reserve.
“Is that you Ruthie?” brings to light the negative aspects of these camps and, in particularly, how Aboriginals were taken advantage of throughout their working careers as well as how they were lured onto the reserves.

Throughout the early years of Ruth Hegarty’s life, the Great Depression had cemented itself in Australia and as a consequence,…

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