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Black, White and Exempt

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives under Exemption

Lucinda Aberdeen Jennifer Jones

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Aboriginal Studies Press
05 January 2021
In 1957, Ella Simon of Purfleet mission near Taree, New South Wales, applied for and was granted a certificate of exemption. Exemption gave her legal freedoms denied to other Indigenous Australians at that time: she could travel freely, open a bank account, and live and work where she wanted. In the eyes of the law she became a non-Aboriginal, but in return she could not associate with other Aboriginal people - even her own family or community.

It 'stank in my nostrils' - Ella Simon 1978.

These personal and often painful histories uncovered in archives, family stories and lived experiences reveal new perspectives on exemption. Black, White and Exempt describes the resourcefulness of those who sought exemption to obtain freedom from hardship and oppressive regulation of their lives as Aboriginal Australians. It celebrates their resilience and explores how they negotiated exemption to protect their families and increase opportunities for them. The book also charts exemptees who struggled to advance Aboriginal rights, resist state control and abolish the exemption system.

Contributions by Lucinda Aberdeen, Katherine Ellinghaus, Ashlen Francisco, Jessica Horton, Karen Hughes, Jennifer Jones, Beth Marsden, John Maynard, Kella Robinson, Leonie Stevens and Judi Wickes.
Edited by:   Lucinda Aberdeen, Jennifer Jones
Imprint:   Aboriginal Studies Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781925302332
ISBN 10:   1925302334
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   05 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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