No Sugar

No Sugar

by

Jack Davis

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A city on Australia’s western coast, and the capital of the state of Western Australia.

Perth Quotes in No Sugar

The No Sugar quotes below are all either spoken by Perth or refer to Perth. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Currency Press edition of No Sugar published in 1998.
Act 1, Scene 1 Quotes

JOE: ‘The—blood—was stirred…as if by a trumpet… by the history-ical…Headed by a tab-leau… […] ‘…Commemorating the pioneers whose lives…’ […] ‘…Were a steadfast performance of duty in the face of difficulty and danger. With them was a reminder of the dangers they faced, in the shape of three lorries…carrying Aborigines.

[They all stop what they are doing and listen.]

[…]

JOE: All right! ‘…Dancing…to a brass-band.’

SAM: Koorawoorung! Nyoongahs corrobereein’ to a wetjala’s brass band!
JIMMY: Ah! That beats everythin’: stupid bloody blackfellas…You fellas, you know why them wetjalas marchin’ down the street, eh? I’ll tell youse why. ‘Cause them bastards took our country and them blackfellas dancin’ for ‘em. Bastards!

[…]

JOE: ‘The pag…page…page-ant pre-sented a picture of Western Australia’s pre-sent condition of hopeful optimum-optimis-tic prosperity, and gave some idea of what men mean when they talk about the soul of the nation.’

SAM: Sounds like bullshit to me.

Related Characters: James “Jimmy” Munday (speaker), Sam Millimurra (speaker), Joe Millimurra (speaker)
Page Number: 15-16
Explanation and Analysis:
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Perth Term Timeline in No Sugar

The timeline below shows where the term Perth appears in No Sugar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
Government, Civilization, and Religion Theme Icon
...the family is eventually forcibly relocated. Facades, signage, or furniture represent other locations, such as Perth and the Western Australia Historical society. The play begins in 1930 at Government Well, as... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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...the police station. Across the stage, Miss Dunn and Neville sit at their desks in Perth. They share an office with a sign on the door that reads “Government of Western... (full context)
Racism, Discrimination, and Colonial Violence  Theme Icon
...motorcycle. He has been unsuccessfully looking for work, and after failing to find employment in Perth is now in South West Australia. Neville remarks that unemployment is at thirty per cent,... (full context)
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White Australians vs. the Aboriginal Family Unit Theme Icon
...women. As he speaks to them, Miss Dunn and Neville have an overlapping conversation in Perth, Neville continuing to dictate a letter to the Minister. He reports of eighty Aboriginal women... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 7
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Jimmy waits outside the Chief Protector’s Office in Perth. It is now winter, 1932. Jimmy tries to flag Neville down as he goes in... (full context)
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Government, Civilization, and Religion Theme Icon
White Australians vs. the Aboriginal Family Unit Theme Icon
...at the hospital with Cissie, and they want to pick them up now. Meanwhile, in Perth, Jimmy barges into Neville’s office. He cannot wait until 2 pm, like Neville told him... (full context)
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Government, Civilization, and Religion Theme Icon
Back in Perth, Neville calls Jimmy into his office and gives him a travel voucher, insisting that the... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 9
Racism, Discrimination, and Colonial Violence  Theme Icon
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At their office in Perth, Miss Dunn types as Neville dictates to her. Neville lists the members of the Millimurra-Munday... (full context)
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...leaves. He plans to pick up presents for his wife and children while he’s in Perth. He wishes Merry Christmas to Neville and Miss Dunn. (full context)