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Bob Golding interviewed by Rob Linn in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5105466
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Golding, Bob, 1936-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 181 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Bob Golding talks about his family background before being taken into care; memories of his childhood; arrival at the orphanage and perceptions of life there, physical punishment; the building and life at Ballarat Orphanage including physical work and education; abuse by staff members in various forms; survival at the orphanage, theft, diet, sporting contests; social attitudes of children towards each other; personal health and treatment, religious adherence, regulations; orphanage farm employment; dress codes and clothing at orphanage; his memories of family visitation and family life; his father's pursuits; orphanage holidays at Queenscliff, Vic.; WWII; schooling and technical schooling; being returned to father and mother; joining the RAAF and notes the similarity to orphanage life; his boxing career; overseas postings; memories of Singapore and meetings with his future wife; life in RAAF; their return to Australia; family relationships.

Golding discusses his discharge from the RAAF; his return to England; the birth of his children; working in England and difficulties with workplace regulation; his return to Australia with family; moving with family to rural Victoria; starting a new career in machining with various employers; a medical condition, surgery; contact with his mother, her unwillingness to talk, her illness and death; making application for government records; an orphanage reunion; relations with his father; the search for a past and how to write it up; his involvement with CLAN and reunions; group memories of abuse at the orphanage; the difficulty of appearing before parliamentary committee; the effect of orphanage experiences on his own family life; the government apology; his recall of orphanage experiences in the present day and dealing with them.

Notes

Recorded on 17 and 18 February 2011, at Maldon, Vic.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 182 leaves) 
Subjects Golding, Bob, - 1936- - Interviews.  |  Ballarat Orphanage - History.  |  Children - Institutional care - Victoria - History - 20th century.  |  Orphanages - Victoria - Ballarat - Psychological aspects.
Other authors/contributors Linn, Rob, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/52 (summary)
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