Born in Perth inJack spent his childhood in Yarloop about kilometres to the south. Jack always had a fascination with words and when he was 10 he preferred a dictionary to a story book. After his father was killed in an accident when Jack was just out of primary school, Jack moved north in search of work. He worked as an itinerant labourer, windmill man, horse breaker, boundary rider, drover and stockman.
His mother was forcibly removed from her parents, and Davis himself later discovered the details of her family history. Sent to the Moore River Native Settlement to learn farming at the age of 14, Davis' experiences there would later provide a foundation for his dramatic writing. After nine months, he left the Settlement.
His father's subsequent death created a family crisis, which led to the first of many jobs for Davis. He has worked as a stockman, boxer, horse-breeder, train driver and truck driver. While living at the Brookton Aboriginal Reserve, Davis started to learn the language and culture of his people.
His writing spans the genres of drama, poetry, short fiction, autobiography and critical material, and reflects a lifelong commitment to Aboriginal activism.
His work explores such issues as the identity problems faced by Aboriginal youth in contemporary society, the wider sense of loss experienced in Aboriginal cultures, and the clash of Aboriginal and White law.
Some of his poems were set to music by Chester Schultz inand he has also received honorary doctorates from Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. Jack Davis also made a significant contribution to Aboriginal literary life as a cultural activist and administrator.
Davis was named a Living Treasure in Jack Davis' sister Dot Collard appeared in his play 'No Sugar', which was a great success and was performed in Vancouver for the Expo 'MUSICAL Which was the first instrument owned by David? At 12 years of age, David's parents bought him a Selmer white cream coloured Bakelite acrylic alto saxophone with all gold keys.
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Jack Davis Jack Davis ( - 17 March ) born in Perth, has been writing since he was fourteen years old. The fourth child in a family of eleven, he spent his childhood in the mill town of Yarloop.
Chesson had transcribed the conversations with Jack on tape during social occasions, and wrote this fascinating history of Davis's life and his work in the literary and dramatic fields; in which the Chesson hope that this book helps to make Jack Davie's life and work better known and appreciated.
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