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Vera Fooks interviewed by Susan Marsden in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4776778
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Fooks, Vera, 1911-2010, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
1 sound file (ca. 37 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Vera Fooks, born 1911 in rural Qld. talks about her siblings and being orphaned at the age of four; living with an aunt and uncle for five years; the ill treatment received from her uncle; being taken to St Vincent's Orphanage, Brisbane (aged nine); being separated from her brother and sister for five years, their lives, being sent out to work aged fourteen; Sisters of Mercy nuns; orphanage conditions, chores, schooling, routines, food; her return visits to the orphanage as an adult; childhood friendships; being removed from the orphanage by her married sister at the age of thirteen; working as a housemaid; her adult life, marrying, her two children; living in a tent for seven years through WWII; losing contact with her sister and brother; writing her autobiography; joining CLAN (Care Leavers Australia); the Prime Minister's National Apology.

Notes

Recorded on 19 February 2010 at Carina Heights, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) 
Subjects Fooks, Vera, 1911-2010 -- Interviews.  |  Fooks, Vera, 1911-2010 Bebe's story.  |  St. Vincent's Orphanage (Nudgee, Qld.) -- History.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- Queensland.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- Queensland -- Psychological aspects.  |  Orphanages -- Queensland -- Nudgee.  |  Apologies -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Marsden, Susan, 1952-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/5 (summary)
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