'Sorry Day.' What it means to Elder & member of the Stolen Generation Uncle Talgium




Proud Taungurung man, Elder & member of the Stolen Generation Uncle Talgium has had endured trauma and pain that most people cannot even fathom.

Uncle 'Chocko' Talgium and his five siblings were taken in 1956 when he was only seven years old, living on the banks of the river at Maroopna, just outside of Shepparton.

Since that time Uncle Talgium has spent much of his life in children’s homes across Victoria including the Ballarat Orphanage and Bayswater Salvation Army and ten prisons, among them Pentridge, Bendigo and Geelong.

Uncle Talgium has had a experiences a life of institutional abuse, trauma and racism.

On 26 May, National Sorry Day aims to remember and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities but what does this 'Sorry' mean for the people known as the 'Stolen Generation'

12 years on from the National Apology from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd what has changed for the members of the 'Stolen Generation'.

Natasha Ferre Bentley speaks with the very beautiful, strong and wise Uncle Talgium about his story and what 'National Sorry Day' actually means to him.




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