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Linden girl : a story of outlawed lives / Pamela Rajkowski
Bib ID 685528
Format BookBook
Author
Rajkowski, Pamela, 1950-
 
Description Nedlands, W.A. : University of Western Australia Press, 1995 
304 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 1875560254 (paperback)
Summary

In 1926, Aboriginal elders gave permission for Lallie Matbar, a young woman of the "Linden mob", to marry Jack Akbar, an Afghan cameleer. Under the Aboriginal Act of 1905, however, their relationship was illegal. From 1926 to 1928, Jack, armed with character references attesting to his reliable standing in the community, repeatedly petitioned the Western Australian government for permission to marry the woman he loved. Despite Jack's efforts, the government not only denied that permission, but sought to hunt the couple down and separate them forever. This book is the astonishing true story of two outlawed lives - a tale of escape from persecution in the hands of misguided, over-zealous government authorities, providing a chilling reminder of a shameful chapter in the social and political history of this country. Institutional internment, flight to South Australia, arrest and extradition, duplicity and harassment; suffering a lifetime of scrutiny, the file on the irrepressible Lallie Matbar was only closed by her death in 1970. Xa

Full contents
  • 1. The pursuit of marriage
  • 2. The Akbar-Matbar goes to the police
  • 3. The Chief Protector of Aborigines
  • 4. Lallie arrives at Mount Margaret Mission
  • 5. Internment
  • 6. Lallie as a fugitive
  • 7. Escape into South Australia and marriage
  • 8. Extradition
  • 9. Settlement in South Australia.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Akbar, Lallie, -1970.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Biography.  |  Afghans -- Western Australia -- Biography.  |  Interracial marriage -- Western Australia.

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