Slipped Through the Net - the story of Melrose Desmond Donley

 
9780980469639: Slipped Through the Net - the story of Melrose Desmond Donley

The fish that slipped through the net does not know how lucky it is. It has no inkling of how close it came to landing on someone s dinner plate. Melrose Desmond Donley sees himself as the fish that got away. At each fork in the river of his life he avoided being caught in the fisherman s net. Des has fair skin and had no idea of his aboriginality until he was in his 60s. Slipped Through the Net is a rollicking yarn of Des s life from his early years in orphanages to government servitude to empowering himself and those around him through the early days of trade unionism. It is an Australian story of identity and what it is to be a man, whether black or white. Author Elly Inta met Des Donley at a funeral in 2005 and their friendship led to her helping Des tell his life story. Their friendship and the differences in their backgrounds serve as metaphors for reconciliation, tolerance and understanding.

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After working with Tony Trimingham to help him set up the organisation called Family Drug Support, Elly Inta and Tony established a bimonthly magazine heroInsight. Elly was subeditor and wrote short features and book and film reviews for six years. This led to an eight-year stint as the theatre reviewer for the suburban magazine Sydney Observer. Elly was born in Scotland and moved to New Zealand with her family in 1956. Following a nostalgic return to the northern hemisphere, she heeded the call of the Antipodes, eventually making Sydney, Australia her base in 1977. In true blue Aussie style, she has worked as a cleaner, a clerk, a wife, a mother, in the music industry, in the theatre, as a market researcher and as a radiographer; and travelled extensively in between. Currently, she is a winch wench on an old 22-foot Swanson Dart, racing on the Parramatta River on Saturdays.

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