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By Jolly Read

A strong and relocating background within which Peter Coppin, or Kangkushot, recollects his lifestyles in Western Australia’s Pilbara area and his involvement within the first strike of Aboriginal employees within the nation’s historical past in 1946.

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It was when Hardie was there. This was in Hardie’s time. It was a Hardie station, this one, now been belong to all the Hardie brothers. That’s when the war started. In that war, that time, they wouldn’t let me join up. But, I feel like to get away from the place, get up in the hills somewhere! Everybody was going that way! They had a lot of people move out of the stations, lot of Aborigine workers and whitefellas and all, go off in the hill because they were dropping the bomb all over from Broome right up to Port Hedland.

But it’s all right, you know, because it’s more better than crippling the people with the spear or hitting them with a stick or something. If they married wrong then they would get a proper good hiding from the whole lot, anyone at all, because they are breaking some kind of Law. You should be a proper man and do it by the straight woman. Our laws are different than white man’s law. I remember a long time ago a lot of white people tell me that you got to be 21 before you can get married. I don’t know, but that’s the story they told me.

And I can feel it and it hurt like buggery! Oh! I tell you, I couldn’t help it. Bang! I hit the doctor. Whack! The doctor couldn’t remove the bullet and told Peter it would be there for the rest of his life. He couldn’t do anything because it’s in the bone. I come to Perth one time and I was telling the doctors that the bullet is giving me trouble and they took a photo. The doctor said, ‘No trouble with that bullet’, and they showed it to me then in the bone, sticking out. Nearly come out but I was sitting with my knee too tight and it jammed there.

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