Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 19 July

Debesa | Cindy Solonec

Debesa was an isolated sheep station in the West Kimberley pioneered by the author’s parents, Frank and Katie Rodriguez. It was here that Cindy and her three siblings lived and grew up.

Their lives combined the rich cultural heritage of their Spanish, Nigena and English ancestors. Cindy’s Spanish father Frank came to Australia to be a Benedictine monk and met her mother Katie – who had been a novitiate in a very different sort of abbey, a convent for ‘black’ women at Beagle Bay mission 130 kilometres north of Broome…

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