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Allan Allaway interviewed by Rob Willis in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4972234
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Allaway, Allan, 1941-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
2 sound files (ca. 132 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Allan Allaway, born 1941, in Townsville, Qld., talks about the background to his birth; being removed from his mother by State Children's Department and placed in Neerkol Orphanage; the implements used at Neerkol for punishment purposes; provision of clothing for the children, visits by bureaucrats, conditions endured during parade and punishment for non compliance; food provided and the constant state of hunger; the daily routine; being told that his mother was dead; the District Inspector; the range of children, the system of breaking down the character of the child, the staff; being called by number not by name; no acknowledgement of birthdays; hygiene and medical treatment; the lack of trust; the buildings at the orphanage; punishments carried out by the Sisters; working in the laundry; the role of bells; bathing routines; boxing matches; incidents of abuse by a priest; working for a farmer after leaving Neerkol, his chores, treatment, hours worked and wages; meeting his mother, her child maintenance payments to the department and her death (1962); his contract work in the bush; his marriage and his family.

Allaway discusses his campaign for the recognition of mistreatment of children at the orphanage, the process and support; the establishment of Children's Commission; the Forde Inquiry; the establishment of Lotus Place, meetings with ministers to promote Child Safety in Communities; training sessions at Warilla Training Centre; his ability to survive and his personal situation today; his advocacy for children; the need to be a positive role model; his advocacy work at Lotus Place; the Historical Abuse Network; the Alliance for Forgotten Australians and funding; the Catholic Church, duty of care; reunion celebrations at Neerkol Orphanage; learning about life after leaving Neerkol; his reaction to the National Apology, the need for a redress scheme and concrete action; Anna Bligh; Out of home care programs; the duty of care of bureaucrats and politicians; locating his files under the freedom of information; what he would like to be remembered for.

Partial contents Recitation of a self composed poem on his experiences. 
Notes

Recorded by Olya Willis.

Recorded on 9 August 2010 in Brisbane, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 46 leaves) 
Subjects Allaway, Allan, - 1941- - Interviews.  |  St. Joseph's Home (Neerkol, Qld.)  |  Catholic Church - Queensland.  |  Catholic Church - Clergy.  |  Orphanages - Queensland - Neerkol.  |  Children - Institutional care - Queensland - History - 20th century.  |  Child abuse - Queensland - Neerkol.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/17 (summary)
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