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Joanna Penglase interviewed by Susan Marsden in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4901590
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Penglase, Joanna, Interviewee
Online Access
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Description 2010 
5 sound files (ca. 332 min.) 

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 


Joanna Penglase talks about her parents, siblings and family background; the collapse of parents' marriage; being placed into a Children's Home (1944) in Sydney when aged 8 months with her 2 year old sister; the Children's Home move to Palm Beach; the fate of her brother; the children in care and why they were there, payments; mother's visits, her employment; Joanna and sister being treated differently; her schooling and love of books; community and friends; Child Welfare Department, Inspectors; the Home and surroundings; visits and outings with mother; food; children adapting to abusive situations; her relationship with brother; medical care, childhood illnesses; the emotional stress and atmosphere; the abuse of children by men and women; studying at University of Sydney (1962-65); the liberating effect of university; leaving the Home; studying psychology; working as Research assistant; the ongoing effects of the Home; searching for personal records; encounters with former inmates of the Home; personal relationships in adult life; her Social Work degree, going onto her MA thesis on N.S.W. Dept of Child Welfare and her PhD in Sociology at Macquarie University, her thesis and book 'Orphans of the Living'.

Penglase discusses State inquiries in N.S.W. and Qld. (Forde Inquiry); the setting up Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN); punitive and illegal conditions in Homes, child labour, lack of education; recording the stories; CLAN newsletters; financial supporters; setting up Senate Inquiry into Forgotten Australians; Andrew Murray; the recommendation for National Apology; the long-term consequences of 'care'; her career from 1968 onwards; the origins N.S.W. Historical Abuse Network (HAN); N.S.W. Child Welfare Act 1939; administrations of Homes, N.S.W. Homes; attitudes to children in 'care'; fostering in N.S.W.; the National Apology; Leonie Sheedy; Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull; the day of the Apology; changes in public attitudes since formation of CLAN; the changes announced by PM Rudd; state apologies, Victoria and N.S.W; setting up Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFFA), member bodies and individuals in AFFA; common attitudes to children, adults abusing power, systemic abuse of Aborigines and children; her work for Jane Austen Society and other current activities; the future; CLAN's 10th anniversary; forthcoming SBS documentary on Forgotten Australians; redress and support schemes; ageing of care leavers.


"Joanna Penglase is the co-founder of Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) the national support and advocacy body for care survivors, which was instrumental in establishing the Senate Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care". She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2007 for her work as an advocate for care survivors.


Recorded on 2 June 2010 in Leichhardt, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) 
Subjects Penglase, Joanna -- Interviews.  |  Penglase, Joanna Orphans of the living.  |  Care Leavers of Australia Network.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- New South Wales.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- New South Wales -- Psychological aspects.  |  Apologies -- Australia.
Occupation Academics.
Other authors/contributors Marsden, Susan, 1952-, Interviewer

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