Short excerpt from Singing His Story: Archie Roach in Concert filmed at the Playhouse Theatre at the University of Western Sydney on 14 December 2007.
The camera never wavers as Archie recounts the story of his older sister Myrtle 'finding' him again when he was 15 years old only to inform him that their mother had passed away a week earlier. It's a stunning revelation captured in the most matter of fact way. It would have been interesting to see how the audience reacted to him telling this story but perhaps choosing not to makes it even more poignant.
Archie was part of the Stolen Generations. He was taken from the Framlingham Mission on Gunditjmara Country in South Western Victoria when he was 3 years old and sent to live with a number of foster families. It wasn't until this letter from Myrtle that he began being reunited with his brothers and sisters again. Both of his parents and his little sister Gladdie had sadly already died.