The Hidden Risks -
a story of concealment and loss of family name
A history of the the descendants of Henry Stagg and Elizabeth Biven Coakes of Meander in Tasmania, this book follows the lives of several transported convicts and their descendants.
When a young woman, Florence Risk, dies in 1917, her children are separated and all traces of her life buried with her in an unmarked grave under a miss-pelt name. One child, Kenneth, is raised by a maternal great-aunt. She gives him a new identity to shield him from the social stigma of being an illegitimate, mixed race child, effectively expunging his Middle Eastern ancestry. His two older brothers are placed in state care and denied return to their father's home. In this book, the layers of the past are uncovered to re-unite the Risk family and to integrate past and present.
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