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Your Story Ep 5 : Rod, from Stolen Generation and Prison to Art & Music

Welcome To Episode Five of Your Story.


Today is Australia/Invasion/Survival Day and coincidentally I have a poignant theme.

Rod is a local in my area and when I asked him to tell me his story he just went off on the subjects that impassion him. I had to ask him to stop until I got my recorder as I found that he really had something to say about Australian society and our ill treatment of the native Aboriginal Australians of whom he is one.Happy Australia Day

Born in Western Australia and adopted by Dutch migrants he grew up in Holland only to return to Australia at 14 to prejudice from both the black and white communities and then to fall, like so many, into the cycle of addiction and prison.

He now has a career as a performer and artist, striving to make his world a better place.

This is His Story.

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Many thanks to Rod for allowing me to record his didgeridoo playing for use in this programme.

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  • Karen Halls Saturday, 26 January, 2008, 7:44 pm

    I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

    Karen Halls

  • Adam Daniel Mezei Wednesday, 25 February, 2009, 5:19 am

    Gritty, raw, to the gut. I’m so glad you didn’t bleep out Rod’s 4- and 7-letter epithets. Totally called for here, after what this man’s been through.

    I admired the way you commandeered this discussion…where it could have tipped into polemics and acerbic rants on Ozzie society and his backstory…you kept the vessel firmly on track with your palm on the rudder. Hear, hear!

    Also digged how you got him to speak a trifle of Dutch. Nice going!

    Moving right along…

    –The Amazing Splendid One from the Cobbled Golden City of Prague, financed mostly with Austrian imperial funds