The younger generation: cause for celebration?
Will and Marjorie Sharpe, the missionaries at Kurrawang Mission, south-west of Kalgoorlie, recalled the day when Bowee asked if they could care for Beverley Joy and Ron. According to Marjorie Sharpe, Bowee, appearing relieved, told her 'if I have another little one that's alright now'. Bowee was actually pregnant at the time.
In 1954 Queen Elizabeth II visited Boulder, and five-year-old Beverley Joy was chosen to give flowers to her. This occasion was used to show the unqualified value of the policy of assimilation.
Missions such as Kurrawang were taking in destitute children and washing them, feeding and educating them. They were also giving them new names - Bowee and Tommy's children became Joy and Ron Noble - and a new language, English. Estelle Sharp, the daughter of the Kurrawang missionaries, wrote enthusiastically of the value of mission life for young Ron and Beverley Joy.
To Mary Bennett, who had seen the value of family, especially in a chaotic world, the situation was not so clear:
It does make one wonder what these friendly responsive little mites could achieve if only they were allowed to maintain their kinship and humanity, the sense of touch, the sense of a vigorous community seeking good for all. 
1 Council for Aboriginal Rights (Vic.) Papers, MS 12913/4/6, State Library of Victoria.