An old man May meets while looking for her Gibson relatives in the mission outside Eubalong. Like Issy, Uncle is an Aboriginal elder who helps May gain more knowledge about her people by telling her about the history of the mission and the people who live there. His depiction of the government’s forcible relocation of Aboriginals from desirable property in Sydney to dismal settlements in the dry countryside illuminates the connection between the public housing projects that are ubiquitous throughout the novel and the historical displacement Aboriginal Australians have experienced since European colonization.
Uncle / Graham Character Timeline in Swallow the Air
The timeline below shows where the character Uncle / Graham appears in Swallow the Air. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.