One Life, Two Stories

Nancy de Vries' Journey Home

Nancy de Vries, Gaynor Macdonald, Jane Mears, and Anna Nettheim

Regular price $30.00 Sale

Format: paperback
206 pages
ISBN: 9781921364259

Publication: 04 Jun 2012

Publisher: Sydney University Press

In 1997 Nancy de Vries accepted the Apology from the Parliament of New South Wales on behalf of all the Indigenous children who had been taken from their families and communities throughout the state's history. It was an honour that recognised she had the courage to speak about a life of pain and loneliness.

Nancy tells her story in an unusual and challenging collaboration with Dr Gaynor Macdonald (Anthropology) of the University of Sydney, Associate Professor Jane Mears (Social Policy) of the University of Western Sydney and Dr Anna Nettheim (Anthropology) of the University of Sydney.

Gaynor Macdonald is a senior lecturer in anthropology at the University of Sydney.


1. The Apology
2. The historical context for the Apology
3. ‘Too loud not to hear’: responding to stories of removal
4. My story begins ... can you possibly comprehend?
5. Another story ... the written record
6. Reflections on living with difference
7. Life was pretty scary
8. They said I wouldn’t be good enough
9. Finding Ruby
10. The pain persists


Format: paperback
Size: 210 × 148 × 11 mm
206 pages
1 b&w table, 18 colour illustrations, and 9 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2012
ISBN: 9781921364259
Publication: 04 Jun 2012