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John Moriarty interviewed by Frank Heimans in the Bringing them home oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2641626
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Moriarty, John, 1938-, Interviewee
 
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Description 2001 
3 digital audio tapes (140 min.) 
Series

Bringing them home oral history project.

Summary

Moriarty speaks about his mother's Aboriginal background and his own place within his culture and his removal from Borroloola in a remote area of the Northern Territory when he was aged 4. He was taken to The Bungalow, Alice Springs before being sent by train to Sydney. He was initially placed at St. Thomas' Anglican Church Rectory in Ashfield, and then was transferred to Mulgoa Home for Boys. He describes conditions at Mulgoa. In 1949, Mulgoa was closed and the boys were shifted to St. Francis House, Adelaide. He describes living conditions at St. Francis House.

Moriarty expresses his views on the policy of removal, and discusses his involvement with the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders and his relationship with Charles Perkins who he met at St. Francis House. Moriarty was the first Aboriginal person to graduate from a university in South Australia and following graduation he became the first Aboriginal vocational officer with the Commonwealth Department of Labour and National Service. Later he was involved with the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee, was Chairman of the National Aboriginal Day Observance Committee for 13 years, and was Director of the South Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Moriarty discusses the changes brought about by Commonwealth administration of Aboriginal affairs.

Notes

Recorded on Aug. 17, 2001 in Cremorne, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 48 leaves) 
Subjects Moriarty, John, 1938- -- Interviews.  |  Mulgoa Home for Boys (N.S.W.)  |  St. Francis House (Semaphore, S.A.)  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government policy.  |  Political activists, Aboriginal Australian -- South Australia -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Removal -- Personal narratives.  |  Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Institutional care -- New South Wales.
Occupation Aboriginal rights activists.
Other authors/contributors Heimans, Frank, 1943-, Interviewer

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