By 1788 around 500 Aboriginal tribes or nations occupied the Australian landmass.
In 1788 the first European settlement – Britain’s latest penal colony – was established at what is now Sydney. The effects were catastrophic. With the convicts, soldiers and settlers came diseases to which Aboriginal people had no resistance – typhoid, flu, smallpox and venereal disease.
The next hundred years saw Aboriginal people forced out of their country, dispossessed of habitable land, shot, poisoned and massacred as successive waves of British settlers sought land for building, agriculture, grazing and mining. Rape and abduction of Aboriginal women and girls were common.
Because her parents were fair in complexion, Millicent was selected for assimilation when she was four years old. She would never see her parents again.
By the time she went to high school she could no longer remember the faces of her family. In first year high school she was sent out to work on a farm as a domestic. The four shillings she was payed went to the home. The farmer came to her room each night and raped her.