A new theatre project will give voice to generations of Victorian First Nations matriarchs who fought state agencies with the pen

Louisa was a young girl when she was abducted by sealers from a beach near the heads of Port Phillip Bay and carried off to a distant, wind-swept island in the Bass Strait.

Her mother, grandmother and aunt are also said to have been taken that day. The life that lay in store for them included decades of bonded labour as seal hunters, private domestics and oftentimes sex slaves to their captors, who were known to have each held up to seven native wives at a time while ensconced among the remote islands located off the north-eastern horn of Van Diemen’s Land.

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