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Main Title: Smashing serendipity : the story of one moorditj yorga / Louise K. Hansen. Book Cover
Author: Hansen, Louise K.,author.
Imprint: North Fremantle, Western Australia : Fremantle Press, 2023.
Collation: illustration, paperback ; 24 cm. 262 pages :
Subject: Connell, Lavinia Kate
Hansen, Louise K
First Nations Australians
First Nations Australians - - Biography
Pinjarra (WA)
Noongar/Nyungar (First Nations Australian people)
ISBN: 9781760991166
This is a story of survival and overcomin, and of Lavinia's deep inner stregth and spiritual conviction - an eye-opening, inspiring story of one moordij yorga, whose life reflects the stories of so many good, strong women of her time.

This is a raw, gritty, inspiring, eye-opening true story of one woman's life that represents the lives of so many other Aboriginal women like her. Life is tough for the Connell family, growing up in a small town where racist attitudes, discrimination and violence against Aboriginal people is commonplace. Lavinia is lucky- her parents ensure her family stays together while other cousins and friends are removed from the state. But violence and adversity occur over and over, even while young Lavinia also excels - at sport and at school - drawing on her own inner strength and a physical resourcefulness. In time, Lavinia will find herself a homeless young widow, stripped of hope when her own four children are taken away. But she has a way of righting herself, using education and determination to bring her small family back together, and finding love when she least expects it. Smashing Serendipity is the yarn Lavinia tells her children and her grandchildren, gathered by the fire on the banks of the river where she grew up - the story of one good woman - one moordtj yorga - that reflects the stories of so many strong, determined women of her time.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 305. 801 WA SWES HAN Available