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Donna Meehan interviewed by Rob Willis in the Bringing Them Home after the Apology oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4833494
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Meehan, Donna, 1954-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
2 sound files (ca. 206 min.) 
Series

Bringing Them Home after the Apology oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Donna Meehan talks briefly about her removal, foster care, adoption; her marriage to Ron; finding her birth mother and reconnecting with her mob; the Stolen Generation; historical reflection on the mistreatment of Aboriginal people; Institutional life; the support from her adoptive family; religious influences, the difference a Christian upbringing had on her life; writing her book, 'It is no secret'. She then talks about life after the last interview in 2000; working as a Community Liaison Officer; the death of her husband; her decision to return to community life; setting up a foundation to run retreats and workshops for Aboriginal women; values learnt from her adoptive mother; public speaking; Aboriginal Prayer House; the support needed by Aboriginal women at the grass roots level.

Meehan discusses the Prison Ministry Program and her involvement with KAIROS Women's Ministry; Aboriginal people in prison; the need for an Indigenous Men's Shed program; Government policies; setting up WINGS group for bereavement support; attending the Prime Minister's Apology to the Stolen Generations and Indigenous Australians in Canberra; Kevin Rudd; content of the speeches; celebrating after the Apology; response and reaction of people to the Apology in Brisbane; reaction of country town residents towards the Apology; the difference between city and rural Aboriginals; alcohol and substance abuse; the importance of a sense of belonging; Aboriginal children in the city; the importance of music and sport in the community; the Obama inauguration; inspirational Aboriginal women; her academic life and achievements.

Notes

Previous interview conducted on Sept. 12, 2000 is held at ORAL TRC 5000/174

Recorded on 17 March 2010 at Edgeworth, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) 
Subjects Meehan, Donna, 1954- -- Interviews.  |  Apology to the Stolen Generations of Australia (2008 : Canberra)  |  Apologies -- Australia.  |  Stolen generations (Australia).  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government policy -- New South Wales.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- New South Wales -- Treatment.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Meehan, Donna, 1954- It is no secret

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ORAL TRC 6180/4
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ORAL TRC 6180/4 (summary)
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