Aunty Mary Returns Home

Bottom row from left to right: Helen Gibson, Darcey Fry, Aunty Mary, Jim Turner, Glann Allard and Gracie Minns. Top Row: Dylan Fittler, Jordan Aquilina, Ethan Trafford, Keegan Aquilina, Mr Falla and Caitlin Brown

Bottom row from left to right: Helen Gibson, Darcey Fry, Aunty Mary, Jim Turner, Glann Allard and Gracie Minns. Top Row: Dylan Fittler, Jordan Aquilina, Ethan Trafford, Keegan Aquilina, Mr Falla and Caitlin Brown

ON Tuesday August 26 Aboriginal Elder and Guide Dog's Australia Ambassador Aunty Mary returned to Mount George Public School after 50 years.

Aunty Mary who is legally blind was escorted around the school to see blurry but familiar settings.

Her sight has been lost since 2006 as a result of Diabetic Retinopathy that affects more than 60 per cent of Indigenous Australians.

Aunty Mary educated the students about sight conditions and Guide Dog's Australia's support.

She then shared her moving story with the Upper Division students about being stolen from Mount George and taken into State Ward Custody and brought to Parramatta Girls Home.

The students could see the pain and suffering on Aunty Mary's face when talking about her involvement in the Royal Commission's inquiry into child abuse at Parramatta Girls Home.

She was not bitter and preferred to focus on telling the students about her resilience and her success as an Aboriginal Educator, a mother, a Nan, an ambassador and how proud she was to overcome such adversity.

After being separated from her family in 1969 Aunty Mary has since reunited with them finding siblings and other family members.

Aunty Mary presented the school with an art work she composed titled "Returning Home".

She explained the depth of the meaning depicted in it and wept as the children hugged her.

Aunty Mary is such an inspiration to our students and her story is one of courage, positivity and resilience. 

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