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Peter Renkin interviewed by Gwenda Davey in the Bringing them home oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2346230
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Renkin, Peter, 1939-, Interviewee
 
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Description 2000 
4 digital audio tapes (240 min.) 
Series

Bringing them home oral history project.

Summary

Renkin speaks of his Methodist family, including his mother who was involved with the Aborigines Advancement League; his education at Wesley College and Melbourne University; and his involvement with Abschol and the Save Lake Tyers movement. In 1965, he was appointed as a social worker with the Aborigines Welfare Board, before being seconded in 1969 to the Papua New Guinea Public Health Department. From 1970-72, Renkin was employed as a social worker at the Victorian Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, during which time he was the last white administrator of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Settlement.

Renkin outlines the history of Lake Tyers and conditions at the Settlement. Renkin's assignment was to transfer the management of the Settlement to the residents. In 1972, he returned to Melbourne as Assistant Director, State Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. From 1975-1979, he was the first Commonwealth Regional Director, Aboriginal Affairs responsible for Victoria, Tasmania, and southern New South Wales. He was a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Melbourne until 1983 when he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Child Welfare.

Notes

Recorded on Oct. 12, 2000 in Surrey Hills, Vic.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-218386202

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (13 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 110 leaves) 
Subjects Renkin, Peter, 1939- -- Interviews.  |  Worthy, Reg (Reginald Maurice), 1920-2013.  |  Victoria. Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs -- Officials and employees -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Department of Aboriginal Affairs -- Officials and employees -- Interviews.  |  Victoria. Aborigines Welfare Board.  |  Lake Tyers Aboriginal Settlement, Victoria -- Administration.  |  Victoria. Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs -- Officials and employees.  |  Victoria. Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs -- History.  |  Australia. Department of Aboriginal Affairs -- Administration.  |  Social workers -- Victoria -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Public welfare.  |  Community development -- Victoria -- Lake Tyers.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Removal.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Government relations.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government policy -- Victoria.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government policy -- Australia.
Occupation Welfare administrators.  |  Social workers.
Other authors/contributors Davey, Gwenda, 1932-, Interviewer

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