At two years old, Brenda Matthews and her siblings were taken from their parents.

For five years, she lived happily as a much-loved daughter within a white family, before being swiftly reunited with the birth family she barely remembered.

Decades later, Brenda searched for her foster family and learned the truth about her past.

In celebration of Women’s Week, Campbelltown’s HJ Daley Library will host an evening with Brenda Matthews on Friday, 15 March 2024 from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Now a renowned author, Brenda’s best-seller, The Last Daughter, is an account of her journey to discover the truth about her past—and to unite her two families, black and white. It has been acknowledged as a story of heartbreak, love and hope, “one that shows a way forward for all Australians”.

Brenda Matthews is a proud Wiradjuri woman, a guiding light of strength, resilience, unity and healing.

Her journey from being part of the stolen generation to becoming an author, speaker, film director and Indigenous Director of Learning Circle Australia is an inspiring testament to the power of healing and reconciliation.

The Last Daughter isn’t about a change of plans. It’s about a change of heart,” Brenda writes.

The book has been made into an award-winning documentary that was screened at the Sydney Film Festival last year and is now on Netflix.

The evening at the HJ Daley Library offers a unique opportunity for our community to meet Brenda and ask her questions about her writing process and inspirations.