Rosie is packing her bag to move out of the welfare house, and a young woman who is to take over her room is introduced to her. The young girl has the same last name as hers, Rosie asks her if she ever stayed at the Kelly’s. The girl says yes, and Rosie is reunited with her sister Beverley. The two girls go in search of their birth mother, but Rosie tells us that building a relationship with her natural mother has been difficult.
A poignant moment in the film when the sisters are reunited. The sisters then reunite with their natural mother – an Aboriginal woman, and Rosie’s account of being unable to forge a true mother-daughter relationship with her is a sad story. The complexity of abusive relationships, and Rosie’s need to have an ongoing mother-daughter relationship with Mrs Kelly, the woman who abused her throughout her childhood, makes this all the more heartbreaking. It seems Rosie can never be truly returned to her Aboriginal mother, as Rosie continues the role of daughter to her white foster mother.