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Home Books Autobiography, biography & memoir Smashing Serendipity: The Story of One Moorditj Yorga

Smashing Serendipity: The Story of One Moorditj Yorga


By Louise K. Hansen

Life is tough for the Connell family, growing up in a small town where racist attitudes, discrimination and violence against Aboriginal people are commonplace. Lavinia is lucky: her parents ensure her family stays together while other cousins and friends are removed from the state. But violence and adversity occur over and over, even while young Lavinia also excels at sport and at school – drawing on her own inner strength and a physical resourcefulness. In time, Lavinia will find herself a homeless young widow, stripped of hope when her own four children are taken away. But she has a way of righting herself, using education and determination to bring her small family back together, and finding love when she least expects it.

Smashing Serendipity is the yarn Lavinia tells her children and her grandchildren, gathered by the fire on the banks of the river where she grew up – the story of one good woman – one moorditj yorga – that reflects the stories of so many strong, determined women of her time.

ISBN: 9781760991166
Dimensions: 23.4x15.3cm
Pages: 272
Publication year: 2023
Publisher: Fremantle Press


About the author:

Louise K. Hansen was a Binjareb Nyoongar woman born in Pinjarra, Western Australia. She was a Traditional Owner of the Binjareb people, with strong connections to the Palyku people from the Pilbara. She was educated at Pinjarra. After having four children, she resumed her education at tertiary level completing units in Education and Indigenous Australian Studies. She was a qualified Welfare Officer and a qualified Counsellor. She was previously employed by the Commonwealth Government as the State Coordinator for Women’s Issues and later, Senior Policy Officer responsible for several portfolios. Louise was the first Aboriginal person to be appointed to the Federal Family Law Counsel of Australia. With her husband she set up the first W.A. Aboriginal Building Company with a view to train young Aboriginal people to become qualified in the building trades. Also with her husband she self-funded, wrote, performed and produced two albums of music, The Gate and Rainbow Country. As a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother family was very important to Louise. Yet she still found time to share her ancient Aboriginal culture with her family and others through the Elders Yarning program at Curtin University.