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Glynn Pritchard interviewed by Helen Belle Curzon-Siggers in the Bringing them home oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 1819761
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Pritchard, Glynn, 1934-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use of transcript only. 
Description 1999 
2 digital audio tapes (120 min.) 
Series

Bringing them home oral history project.

Summary

Pritchard speaks of how she and her husband came to formerly foster two Aboriginal siblings, Bessie and David Kriss; initially Bessie had been placed by her parents at St. Mary's Hostel in Alice Springs for her education and she was given a govt. scholarship; through their local Anglican Church the Pritchards met a carer who was looking after some girls for the 1959 Christmas holidays from St Mary's and they volunteered to take a couple of girls, one of whom was Bessie at age 12, off her hands and they could spend the holidays with them; after hosting her during holidays for the next couple of years, the couple with the Hostel legally fostered her from 1962 when Bessie was aged 15 to 1974; she attended Eltham High School and earned a govt. scholarship in 1963; both were active in supporting Aboriginal activism and her husband was involved in the National Aborigines' & Islanders' Day Observance Committee; they often attended Pastor Doug Nichols' church and conferences where they occasionally met other Aboriginal leaders.

Pritchard speaks of Bessie's studies on a scholarship at a secretarial college then joining the Commonwealth Public Service; having searched for her mother for some years, at age 25 she and her husband moved to Darwin where she finally found her mother in a nursing home in Alice Springs; the Pritchards also agreed to foster David, Bessie's 6 year old brother from 1967; David was wild, having been raised traditionally on the river bank but very good at sports; examples of racism towards David at age 10; from 1974 they agreed to allow Bessie to foster him in the N.T. during his high school years; he became a hairdresser at age 19 but also played professional football; Bessie and David's relationship with her own children; successes in their adult lives; her involvement in the local Reconciliation Committee at Eltham; her view that the fostering of both children was a positive experience for all parties.

Notes

Recorded on Aug. 14, 1999 in Lower Plenty, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (8 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript 67 leaves) 
Subjects Pritchard, Glynn, 1934- -- Interviews.  |  Kriss, David, 1960?-  |  Kriss, Bessie.  |  Foster parents -- Victoria -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australian foster children -- Victoria.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Removal.  |  Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Care -- Victoria.  |  Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Victoria -- Treatment.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government policy -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Curzon-Siggers, Helen, Interviewer

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