Mercy Steele (self)
Mercy Steele remembers her close to idyllic childhood in rural Queensland in the twenties. Images of the landscape, abundant foods and fruits interspersed with reconstructed snatches of the way things were, show a simple life that belies the tragedy which her family later suffered. Her mother dying giving birth to her sister and her father leaving home, she was eventually raised by her grandmother who was a devout Christian, and in their self-sufficient household, the children obviously were happy and had plenty. We learn of Mercy’s fate as a teenager and wonder about the senseless tragedy that was inflicted on her.