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Dilys Budd interviewed by Ann-Mari Jordens in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4783880
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Budd, Dilys, 1936-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
4 sound files (ca. 394 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Dilys Budd talks about her early life in Wales; being in a foster home followed by the Nazareth House orphanage; her mother's visits and death; the orphanage routine, their basic education; orphanage funding; after school activities; the selection of children for Australia; the nuns and benefactors; effects of WWII; leaving for Australia (1947), the voyage and arrival in Western Australia; St Joseph's Girls Orphanage, Sisters of Mercy, child-staff ratio; institutionalization; relations between migrant and non-migrant children; the daily routine; welfare inspections; the smells and sounds of the orphanage; the maternity wing and unmarried mothers; medical and dental care; deaths in the orphanage; schooling at St Mary's School, classrooms; the special classes for brighter girls leading to office work; no preparation for post-institution life; childhood and adult perceptions of religion; orphanage discipline; sexual abuse; bullying; celebrations eg. Christmas; play areas, organized sport, play equipment; films and concerts; working in the foundling home; on leaving the orphanage being allocated employment with the Health Department, learning typing, working on switchboard; placement in accommodation after leaving the orphanage.

Budd talks about escaping the control of Catholic Child Welfare; joining the Army Nursing Corps; attending night school; her reasons for leaving Perth; the lack of public awareness of institutionalized children; the closure of institutions; the funding of her return to the UK (1997); family reunions and publicity; arriving in Melbourne, working in Kew Mental Asylum; later work in the Taxation Department; meeting her future husband and their successful marriage; motherhood and learning parenting; telling her children about her childhood; returning to Nazareth House, UK; her identity documents and Australian citizenship; the move to Canberra (1965); joining the Department of Trade (1970), her retirement and return to work in Department of Foreign Affairs; her husband's work; contact with former child migrants; the compensation by Western Australian Government to institutionalized children; her reaction to British Government's apology; her views on removal and the Catholic Church's apology; the Senate inquiry; advocacy groups; attending the Australian Government's apology to the Forgotten Australians; reunion with friends from Perth; rejecting the term 'Forgotten Australians'; the similarities and differences between the child migrants' experiences and those of the Stolen Generation.

Notes

Recorded on 9 March 2010 at Red Hill, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 175 leaves) 
Subjects Budd, Dilys, - 1936- - Interviews.  |  St. Joseph's Orphanage (Subiaco, W.A.)  |  Nazareth House Orphanage (Cardiff)  |  Children - Institutional care - Wales.  |  Immigrant children, British - Institutional care - Western Australia.  |  Orphanages - Wales - Psychological aspects.  |  Orphanages - Western Australia - Psychological aspects.
Occupation Public servants.
Other authors/contributors Jordens, Ann-Mari, 1940-, Interviewer

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