Dulcie Isaro Polowea


Profile (Author/Illustrator)

Dulcie Isaro was born in 1942, into the Thaiday family on Palm Island. She grew up under the Aborigines Preservation and Protection Act 1939, which gave authorities control over virtually every aspect of Indigenous peoples’ lives. Her family spent the first years of her life in Atherton, Tully, Halifax and then Palm Island. After the strike, the Thaiday family lived in Woorabinda and some of them stayed there. But Dulcie became a nun with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, serving in Papua New Guinea. Later living in Rockhampton and Townsville, Dulcie and her husband Sevese moved back to Palm Island where she was employed in various roles in the community. They now live in Townsville and are busy caring for some of their grandchildren.


The Day Palm Island Fought Back