The Last Daughter Book

Healing and Inspiring

The Story of The Last Daughter to Come Home

The Last Daughter is an account of Brenda’s journey to discover the truth about her past—and to unite her two families. It’s a story of heartbreak, love and hope, one that shows a way forward for all Australians.

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What it's about


Brenda and her six siblings were taken from their parents when she was two. For the next five years, she was a much-loved daughter in a white family, a happy child in a country town on the outskirts of Sydney, unaware of the existence of her Aboriginal family or how hard her parents were fighting for her return— unaware of her Aboriginal identity. Then, she was suddenly returned to her Aboriginal family, the last daughter to come home.

Decades later, feeling a sense of something missing in her life, Brenda searches for her foster family and her beloved white sister, with whom she had had no contact.

Along the way, she uncovers long-buried secrets, government bungling, and a deep connection to family and her Aboriginal culture.The Last Daughter is the story of Brenda's journey to discover the truth about her past, to unite her two families—and to foster a broader connection between black and white Australia. It's a story full of heartbreak, love and hope, showing a way forward for all Australians.

'I share this story out of love and forgiveness. ' Brenda Matthews

Publication date 4 April 2023  | ISBN 9781922790170  |  Publisher Text Publishing 

Brenda Matthews

About the Author

Brenda Matthews is a proud Wiradjuri woman living with her husband, Mark, in Bundjalung country, Queensland. Brenda is a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and aunty.


What Readers Say About the Book

Powerful and inspirational - a must read.

Taryn Brumfitt

Australian of the Year

“The Last Daughter might be one of the most important books an Australian could read.”

Rebecca Whitehead

Books + Publishing

A powerful story that Brenda shares so honestly. This book is vulnerable and tells a story we all need to read.


Reader via Goodreads

Beautiful and heartbreaking with a an ending full of hope. A must read!


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Themes and Topics

Themes and Topics

What’s on the Pages

What’s on the Pages

Personal Identity Quest

The book follows Brenda's quest for personal identity as she navigates the complexities of being unaware of her Aboriginal heritage during her early years.

Stolen Generation

Brenda shares her personal experience as a member of the Stolen Generation, providing a firsthand account of the policies that forcibly separated Indigenous children from their families.

Bridge Between Cultures

The Last Daughter serves as a bridge between cultures, offering readers insights into the challenges faced by individuals who straddle two distinct cultural worlds.


A central theme revolves around Brenda's reunion with her birth family, highlighting the challenges and joys of bringing two families together and fostering reconciliation and healing.

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