Silent LegacyDocumentary | 1999 | ABC
Harry Carmody recently found out how old he is. For most of his life he never knew where he came from, his mother’s name, his father’s face, or the land that his family identify with. As a toddler he was taken from his mother’s arms to live a white life at the Church of Christ’s Norseman Mission. A brown skinned child fighting for emotional survival in a world of two cultures.
Silent Legacy is Harry’s tale of searching for his identity. It’s a journey that takes us along the Nullarbor and up into the Great Victorian Desert – the land of a great Australian tragedy – the atomic testing at Maralinga.
Silent Legacy is one story of a whole generation of people who lived in an era of social upheaval. A generation who today no longer possess an identity.
Kinship is the basis for all Indigenous relationships and is put in place when Harry finally meets family for the first time.