Uncle Doug’s grew up on Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve in Queensland in the 1930’s. Because he's Aboriginal, every aspect of Doug's life on Cherbourg was controlled.
“There was a roll call,” he says in this video interview. “There was a flag stuck on a pole: a Union Jack. Australian flag. You had to turn and salute the flag. I never saluted one day, and got 3 weeks in jail for not doing it.… 3 weeks, straight off, locked up, bread and water.”
Despite the conditions on Cherbourg, Doug says the residents made their own fun. He laughs, remembering how he used to sneak out of jail at night, using a hole dug under the toilet. “They never woke up to it,” he chuckles. “Cunning fellows we were!”