Alf Taylor Conversations for National Reconciliation Week

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Tuesday, 31 May 2022

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Join entertaining speaker and Nyungar elder, Alf Taylor in conversation with poet and academic Dennis Haskell. In this autobiography, Alf chronicles his life growing up in the infamous New Norcia Mission, north of Perth, in the fifties and sixties.

Written with a sharp wit, Alf intersperses dark childhood memories with a Monty Python-esque retelling of the Bible, in which Peter is an alcoholic and Judas is a good guy.

As a child, Alf sought refuge in the library in the company of Shakespeare and Michelangelo. He writes with joy about the camaraderie of the boys but also notes that many descended into despair upon leaving. Alf is one of the ‘lucky ones’.

Alf’s father’s name was Rosendo Taylor and he married his mother Queenie Harris who came from the Fraser Ranges. Her Mother belonged to the Ngadu people from the Norseman area. 

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Spearwood Library

9 Coleville Crescent
Spearwood, WA 6163

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Contact Title Spearwood Library

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Phone 08 9411 3444

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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.