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This paper reflects on the process of viewing and constructing meaning about a book cover illustration which appears on a collection of Stolen Generation stories edited by Carmel Bird. The grainy black and white photograph, portraying six young girls of part Aboriginal descent, originally appeared under the heading "Homes are sought for these children" in a Darwin newspaper during the 1930s. It is an iconic representation of the betrayal of innocence, signifying the human suffering caused bydoi:10.4225/03/5930bbb1280ad fatcat:wiacd4dmtvb3hba7f3tayoaehy