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Michael Snell interviewed by Rob Willis in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4730909
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Snell, Michael, 1935-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2009 
1 sound file (ca. 71 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Michael Snell born 1935 speaks about meeting his relatives for the first time at the age of 60; his early memories of Homes and the National Children's Home and Orphanage (U.K.); reasons for children being in the Home, being sent to Australia after WWII; arriving in Australia in March 1950, conditions and weather on the trip; arriving in Sydney, incident involving fumigation; Dalmar Methodist Home near Carlingford, N.S.W.; chores at the Home, milking, farm work, child labour, schooling, treatment by other school children; discipline at the Home; paedophiles; the number of children and routines at Dalmar Home; going to church; leaving Dalmar; friends made on the trip to Australia; returning to England as an adult; survival; address by Malcolm Turnbull at the Apology (16th Nov. 2009); his feelings about the Apology;

Snell discusses the importance of the work done by Margaret Humphreys and Harold Haig; his reason for being a member of Care Leavers Association Network (CLAN); the British Apology (Jan. 2010); speeches made by Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull; visiting the British Consulate after the Apology; his expectations from the Apology; meeting up with other child migrants and reconnecting with former mates from Dalmar; getting his passport; Sir Robert Menzies and Child Migration; unity amongst child migrants; not telling his family about all of his experiences; his children and grandchildren; writing a diary of his trip out to Australia; being punished for being left handed; fighting; difficulty in forming relationships; meeting his wife; being isolated; playing football.

Biography/History

Portrait taken during the interview http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/4759900

Notes

A previous recording with Michael Snell and Bobbie Snell is held at ORAL TRC 5484/­90 in the Child migrants oral history project.

Recorded on 17 November 2009 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

Related Material Portraits of Michael Snell taken during oral history interview by Rob Willis at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, 17 November 2009; located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC NL40149 LOC nla.int-nl40149 Online access. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 33 leaves) 
Subjects Snell, Michael, - 1935- - Interviews.  |  Dalmar Childrens Home (Sydney, N.S.W.)  |  Care Leavers of Australia Network.  |  Immigrant children, British - Institutional care - New South Wales.  |  Children - Institutional care - New South Wales.  |  Apologies - Australia.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/2
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Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)
ORAL TRC 6200/2 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)
ORAL TRC 6200/2 (summary)
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Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)

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