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John Walsh interviewed by Hamish Sewell in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5153279
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Walsh, John, 1931-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
2 sound files (ca. 229 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

John Walsh, born in Perth, W.A. talks about his family background; his schooling; being the eldest of seven children; the neighbourhood and childhood routines; his father joining the army (1939); the children being removed from home by welfare officers and Salvation Army and taken to Mt Lawley Receiving Home; his mother’s condition; the deals done by Welfare and institutions to receive money, army pay and child allowance; his first placement at Castledare; Children's Court; the children being separated and taken to different institutions; abuse; field days; locations of homes; the arrival of the first English/migrant kids to W.A. (1938/9); looking after his brother and sister; being sent to Contarf (1941) to assist in cleaning up site after construction of building; then sent to Tardun, living conditions, construction of building, food, sanitation, abuse; his mother’s remarriage; Brother Kearney; children referred to by numbers; binoculars; radio broadcasts; attempted escapes from Clontarf; being a Ward of State until 21; finding his mother (1948); Bindoon Orphanage, conditions.

Walsh discusses his determination to tell his story; speaking to his mother, her understanding of situation; working on a farm at Serpentine after turning 16; working at Plaistowes, Perth; having no identity; returning to farm work; police; an encounter with father on streets of Perth (1949), his condition, living on the streets, looking for family; his wife's health struggle; attempt to talk with family; tracing records and the journey into past; the Apology being meaningless without compensation; the legacy of continual grief; Brother Cusack and treatment; his brother's tough life, fighting back against injustice; the lack of education, illiteracy; Catholicism; his marriage breakup; kids turning on priests and nuns with slingshots at Tardun; surviving on bush fruit; his ongoing discussion with CLAN, responsibility being with government not church; ongoing contact with brothers and sisters, death of siblings.

Notes

Recorded on 28 March 2011 in Roma, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 159 leaves) 
Subjects Walsh, John, 1931- -- Interviews.  |  Mt. Lawley Receiving Home (W.A.) -- History.  |  Castledare Junior Orphanage (W.A.) -- History.  |  Clontarf Boys' Town -- History.  |  Tardun Farm School (W.A.) -- History.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- Western Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Sewell, Hamish, 1964-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/55
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ORAL TRC 6200/55 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 6200/55 (summary)
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