Do not bend

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  • Published 20130424
  • ISBN: 9781922079978
  • Extent: 288 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

THEY ARRIVED BY mail the other day in an A4 envelope from the National Archives of Australia bearing a stamp that said: Do not bend. The cardboard folder said: Your story, our history.

Impatient, I tore it open, licked my finger and leafed through the glossy copies hungry first for photos of my family when they first came to Australia as refugees after World War II. It was January 1951 when they docked in Melbourne. And hot as hell.

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