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Laurie Humphreys interviewed by Bill Bunbury in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4936139
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Humphreys, Laurie, 1933-2012, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
1 sound file (ca. 89 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Laurie Humphreys, born Uxbridge, England, discusses his family life and background; aged 4 placed in orphanage by older sister after death of mother in childbirth; the orphanage; WWII evacuated to Lord Arundel's property; one visit from one sister, forgetting his family; life as a orphan; Catholicism; learning his parents were dead; Australia; leaving Portsmouth; voyage; nuns; arrival Fremantle then Bindoon; homesickness; Brother McGee; Brother Keaney; farm work; 10 year old brother Terry arrives from England; learns father is still alive; bonding with Terry; lack of love, affection, impersonal regime, punishment, cruelty of the Brothers; leaving Bindoon and Terry, Aug. 1950;

Toodyay; Mr Keating; food; National Service; RAAF, military service Korean War; marriage, daughter; State of Western Australia Child Welfare Department; birth certificate application; marriage breakdown; farming; Merriden; second marriage raised 10 children, influence of his upbringing on parenting; aged 70, children told of his life; decision to trace family in England; first wife communicating with family in England; receives letter from brother Bill; reunites with siblings Billy, Danny, Mary, Norah; reflections on meeting siblings, it's affect; learning of his father's second family; passion for Trade unionism, activism; traces mother's family; importance of records; compares himself to Terry over family connection; his submissions to British and Australian government inquiries; role of Forgotten Australians in Western Australia; reunions; lack of childhood, his feelings; closeness to family; memories of institutional life, religious ritual; impact of seeing his name in the register on visiting the orphanage as an adult; reflections on child migration, Catholic Church and his life in Australia.

Notes

Recorded on 28 July 2010 in Samson, W.A.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 49 leaves) 
Subjects Humphreys, Laurie, - 1933-2012 - interviews.  |  Bindoon Boys' Town (W.A.)  |  Immigrant children, British - Institutional care - Western Australia.  |  Children - Institutional care - Western Australia - Bindoon.  |  Orphanages - Western Australia - Bindoon - History.  |  Political activists - Australia - Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Bunbury, Bill, 1940-, Interviewer  |  Humphreys, Laurie, 1933-2012 A chip off what block?

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