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Patricia Carlson interviewed by Susan Marsden in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4977985
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Carlson, Patricia, 1933-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
3 sound files (ca. 270 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Patricia Carlson born in England, speaks about her family background and circumstances; being fostered out then taken to an orphanage; Sisters of Nazareth, Plymouth; Finchley Babies Home; memories of her childhood; the kindness of the nuns; chores at the orphanage; activities; religious practice, Irish influence; children brought in during the WWII, child evacuees; the Home's vulnerable situation in Plymouth, air raids, barrage balloons and troop carriers; history and situation of Nazareth House; personal possessions; German prisoners of war; being asked to go to Australia; preparations for departure; postwar changes at the orphanage; embarkation (1948) on the SS Ormonde; life on board ship; shipboard conditions and incidents.

Carlson discusses her first impressions of Australia; arrival at Goodwood Orphanage, the beginnings of harsh treatment; child labour, deprivation of education, punishments and abuse; leaving the orphanage; working as a nurse in a hospital run by nuns; resuming her education at night school, studies including dressmaking; reconnecting as adults with fellow child migrants; achieving recognition for child migrants; post-institutional life and various employments; meeting Vic Carlson, marrying (1958), the birth of their children; searching for her mother, Red Cross, assistance; finding her sisters, learning of the death of her parents; a visit to England (1988); setting up a support group, becoming an activist; Michael Stacey; British Inquiry into Orphans of Empire (1998); Australian Senate Inquiry; Loss and Grief Centre, therapeutic techniques; resistance from the Catholic Church; International Association of Child Migrants; the Mullighan Inquiry; official apologies; the value of Internet searches; finding her brother, his story; finding other siblings; reads her poem 'Mother Dear'; her naturalization (1975); the National Apology; being interviewed by BBC TV.

Notes

Recorded on 29 September 2010 in Ridgehaven, S. Aust.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 148 leaves) 
Subjects Carlson, Patricia, - 1933- - Interviews.  |  Goodwood Orphanage (S. Aust)  |  Sisters of Mercy (S. Aust.) - History.  |  Immigrant children, British - Institutional care - South Australia.  |  Children - Institutional care - South Australia - History - 20th century.  |  Children - Institutional care - Australia - Psychological aspects.
Other authors/contributors Marsden, Susan, 1952-, Interviewer

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