The Mother Who Walked Across Australia (Twice)
The daughter of an aboriginal woman and a white man, her race led her to be kidnapped by the Australian government – only for her to escape and walk across the continent to get home… twice.
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The daughter of an aboriginal woman and a white man, her race led her to be kidnapped by the Australian government - only for her to escape and walk across the continent to get home... twice.