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Natalia Josephs interviewed by John Bannister in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4973512
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Josephs, Natalia, 1957-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
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Description 2010 
2 sound files (ca. 96 mins) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Natalia Josephs talks about her father Bruce Blyth: his background; his education; his advocacy work; community attitudes toward orphans and institutions like Bindoon, Tardan and Castledare; his life principles; his work with the Forgotten Australians/Child migrants; the children's stories; his belief in the cause; Lionel "Geordie" Welsh's story, the abuse exposed ('Bindoon file'); 60 Minutes story; tracking the abuse and the movement of the brothers/offenders from one school to another; his book 'In the Shadow of the Cross'; the setting up Victims of Institutionalised Cruelty Exploitation and supporters (VOICES); confronting the church; her mother's story, her help and support of father; the impact of his work on the family; her father's strength and focus; the process of healing associated with the VOICES meetings; taking the voice to the community, making accusations about the church; paedophiles; the tabling of a petition, signed by 30,000 people, demanding a judicial inquiry; the response of the Catholic church; the enquiry not taking place; the involvement of lawyers Slater and Gordon; compensation, the perpetrators and justice; her father's biggest achievement; what he would think of the project and where we are today, his hopes for the project and words to the interviewers and administrators of the project.

Biography/History

Bruce Blyth, born in 1926, was taken in by his great aunt at the age of two years, following the death of his father. He became an educator and on his retirement became a publisher with P&B Press. When coming across a manuscript written by a Bindoon survivor, Lionel Welsh, it moved him not only to publish the story (The Bindoon Files) but to also take up the cause of the survivors to achieve justice. Victims of Institutionalised Cruelty Exploitation and supporters (VOICES) was formed in 1991 to press for a 'judicial inquiry' into orphanages run by the Christian Brothers in Western Australia. He was greatly admired for his advocacy work on behalf of former child migrants. Bruce Blyth passed away on the 25th July 2006.

Notes

Recorded on 26 August and 2 September 2010 in Perth, W.A.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) 
Subjects Josephs, Natalia, - 1957- - Interviews.  |  Blyth, Bruce - Anecdotes.  |  Blyth, Bruce - In the shadow of the cross.  |  VOICES Inc.  |  Congregation of Christian Brothers - Western Australia.  |  Immigrant children, British - Institutional care - Western Australia.  |  Children - Institutional care - Western Australia.  |  Orphanages - Western Australia.  |  Child abuse - Western Australia.  |  Church work with youth - Western Australia - Catholic Church.
Other authors/contributors Bannister, John (William John Egerton), 1967-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/21
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Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)
ORAL TRC 6200/21 (summary)
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Petherick Reading Room (Oral History)

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