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This story centres around a tin shed known as the Bungalow that was built in Alice Springs in 1914 to house Topsy Smith, an Indigenous Arabana woman, and her seven children. Topsy's husband, Welsh-born Bill Smith, had died at the mines. Topsy lived in the Bungalow for the next fifteen years, raising her own children as well as about forty other "half-caste" children, who had been taken from their families in the surrounding desert lands. I am the white Australian mother of a mixed-heritagedoi:10.22452/sare.vol56no2.3 fatcat:a6d2uum2zjbz7ik44d3jbg3tqu