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No longer a wandering spirit: the story of Bessy Flowers

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01 December 2016, 6:00pm8:00pm

In 1867 Bessy Flowers was sent away from her Albany home, never to return. Join State Library Creative Fellow Sharon Huebner as she unravels the journey of two families discovering the history of their ancestor, Bessy. 

This event will begin with an Acknowledgement of Country and performance by the Djirri Djirri Dance Group. A Welcome to honour ancestors, Elders and visitors onto Wurundjeri Country will be delivered by an Elder.

Friends of the Library: pre-event refreshments will be held in the Foundation Lounge at 5pm. Please RSVP by Friday 25 November or call Adrienne Conway on 03 8664 7517. Please RSVP for catering if you have already booked for this event and would like to join us for pre-event refreshments.


  • Sharon Huebner is a writer and photographer. In 2014 she was a Library Creative Fellow and in 2015 she was the Hugh Williamson Fellow at the University of Melbourne Archivers. In her research, Sharon explored the historical biography of Minang Noongar (Western Australia) woman, Bessy Flowers. This research drew on collaborations with Bessy’s Wirlomin Minang Noongar kin and her Koorie descendants developed as part of Sharon’s doctoral project at the Monash Indigenous Centre – a memory project which explored questions of identity through contemporary methods of inquiry that provided support to Noongar and Koorie practices of kinship.
  • Ezzard Flowers is a Wirlomin Minang Noongar from the Great Southern region of Western Australia. He was born on the United Aborigines Mission Gnowangerup in 1958. Ezzard is connected to Bessy Flowers through his grandfather, Clifford Flowers. Since 2010, Ezzard has been collaborating with Bessy’s great-grandchildren descended from her eldest daughter Magdalene, and belonging to the families of Keith (Bessy’s grandson) and Esther Bryant to reclaim and enrich the memory of their ancestor as part of contemporary Wirlomin Minang Noongar and Koorie stories that fuse the past with the present.