Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?

Lorraine McGee-Sippel

WINNER – 2009 Deadly Award Outstanding Achievement in Literature

SHORTLISTED – Australian Book Industry Association Biography of the Year

SHORTLISTED – Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Lorraine McGee-Sippel was a small girl when she asked her parents what a half-caste was. It was the 1950s and the first step on a search for her birth family that would span decades. In the historic climate of the Rudd Government’s Apology, McGee-Sippel aligns herself with the Stolen Generations as she exposes a government policy that saw her adoptive parents being told she was of Afro-American descent. This is an honest telling that explores the fragility of reconnection, cultural identity and the triumphs of acceptance.


  • Author: Lorraine McGee-Sippel
  • Illustrator: No
  • Published: Apr 2009
  • Size: 210 x 145 mm
  • Pages: 316
  • ISBN: 9781921248030
  • Ages: Adult
  • Format: Paperback

Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?

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