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Maurice Crawford-Raby interviewed by Rob Willis in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4972242
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Crawford-Raby, Maurice, 1942-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
2 sound files (134 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Maurice Crawford-Raby born in 1942 speaks about his parents; being at St. Vincents Home in Feltham from age of four years; sleeping accommodation and the dining area; his memories; leaving the Home at age of nine years; discipline at the Home; Sister Teresa; Christmas celebrations; no acknowledgement of birthdays; treatment of bed wetters; meals at the Home; his schooling at St.Michaels and St.Martins at Hounslow; treatment by the other children; constant state of hunger; American Armed Forces supporting the Home; forming friendships at Boys Town; Bill McLaughlin; arriving in Australia; his trip to Boys Town in Hobart; the orphanage being run by the Salesian Fathers; the activities at the orphanage; becoming part of the Williams family; the buildings and schooling at the orphanage; the Brothers being their mentors; the treatment by Australian children at school; the implements used for punishment purposes; having a positive attitude; his achievements at school; learning about life after leaving school; the reasons for returning to visit Boys Town; John Harding.

Crawford-Raby talks about his farming life; receiving no support from State Government; farming community becoming his family; Steel family; Ed Oliver; feeling of loneliness during his teenage years; his wife; working and living on farms; Louis Muirhead; locating his family; Ian Thwaites; meeting family members in England; his family tree; the need for acknowledgement of mistreatment of children at the orphanage; being told about his mother's understanding of what happened to him; The National Apology and the Apology in Brisbane; locating his birth certificate and getting his passport; little information existing on the boys who went to the orphanage; compensation received from the British Government and the Tasmanian State Government; his children needing to know about his background; Tony Costa; attending a Boys Town reunion in Hobart; Peter Hayes; keeping in contact with the boys from England.

Partial contents
  • Recitation of a rhyme about Father O'Sullivan
  • tells story about Butch and the teacher.
 
Notes

Recorded by Olya Willis.

Heather Crawford-Raby, the wife of Maurice Crawford-Raby, is a long-time supporter for the acknowledgement of Child Migrants and networks with wives/partners of former Child Migrants. Her interview is at ORAL TRC 6200/19

Recorded on 12 August 2010 in Brisbane, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 86 leaves) 
Subjects Crawford-Raby, Maurice, - 1942- - Interviews.  |  Boys Town (Glenorchy, Tas.)  |  Immigrant children, British - Institutional care - Tasmania.  |  Children - Institutional care - Tasmania - History - 20th century.  |  Orphanages - Tasmania - Glenorchy.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/18
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ORAL TRC 6200/18 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)
ORAL TRC 6200/18 (summary)
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Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)

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