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David Plowman interviewed by John Bannister in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4803220
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Plowman, D. H. (David H.), Interviewee
 
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Description 2010 
2 sound files (102 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

David Plowman talks about his family background; being in hospital in Malta between (1941-1942); the Salesian Institution, coming to Australia; memories of his trip; the community of Tardun; his knowledge of Australia; his initial impressions of Perth; how over 50 percent of Maltese children were being reunited within two years; uniting with his mother in (1959); his mother sponsored by children working in Kanna, Mullewa and Geraldton; his brother's situation; the British migrant story being different to the Maltese; Maltese families exploiting system of migration; his concerns of reuniting with family; the sense of loss, rejection and anxiety; being homesick; his dormitory experiences; re-adjustment problems.

Plowman speaks about cultural differences; Clontaft orphanage; being sent to Tardun farm school, near Mullewa and other institutions; impressions and memories of Tardun; Palatine Mission; Brother Doyle; who organised the migration; Tardun Old Boy Association; working with Christian Brothers Ex Residence Services (CBERS); unfortunate stories heard; his Maltese child migrant experience; family reunions; significant numbers of children not orphans; examples of problems with reunification; child migrant's issues; examples of Maltese situation; the government recognising its faults; monuments erected in Malta and Fremantle, Western Australia; how to deal with problems; Barnardos; helping people that can't move on; society reflecting the human condition; the Boat people.

Notes

Recorded on 18 and 25 February 2010 at Perth, W.A.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Plowman, D. H. - (David H.) - Interviews.  |  Orphanages - Western Australia.  |  Immigrant children, Maltese - Institutional care - Western Australia.  |  Children - Institutional care - Western Australia - History - 20th century.  |  Children - Institutional care - Western Australia - Psychological aspects.
Occupation Academics.
Other authors/contributors Bannister, John (William John Egerton), 1967-, Interviewer

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