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That Was My Home with Denise Cook and Lynette Coomer

11 March @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


The Vincent Library welcomes back Denise Cook and Lynette Coomer to discuss the recently published book That Was My Home.

That Was My Home explores the hidden histories of the Noongar camps around Fremantle, Swanbourne and Shenton Park in the suburbs of Perth along the Swan River. The focus is the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, a time when many Noongar people lived with their families in camps. The voices of Noongar people, juxtaposed with information from the archives, photographs and stories from others in the community, tell of life in the camps, work, cross-cultural tensions and friendships.

Together they give a greater understanding of the shared histories of our suburbs. The author followed Aboriginal cultural protocols in obtaining permission to include stories, photos and other information.

About Denise Cook and Lynette Coomer:

Denise Cook is an historian, oral historian, museum curator and interpretation specialist. She is particularly interested in researching, recording and telling stories that might not otherwise be heard.

Lynnette Coomer lived in the Shenton Park camps in the 1950s with her parents, grandmother Melba Bodney, and siblings. She went to Jolimont Primary School when she was seven. Later she, and the next youngest children, were taken to Roelands Mission.

Copies of the book will be on sale for $30—cash sales only.


11 March
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Leederville, WA 6007 Australia
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