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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]
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.) 

Bringing them home oral history project.


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.


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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