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Robert Cox interviewed by Hamish Sewell in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5299972
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Cox, Robert, 1946-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
3 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

Robert Cox, born in Bulimba, Qld., discusses his birthmother, stepmother and father; his brothers; early memories of family life and poverty; wandering the streets; his treatment at school because of his appearance; truancy; playing sports; searching for his mother; the police deeming him a neglect child; being fed and otherwise assisted by neighbours; living on the streets; his relationship with police and familiarity with Brisbane’s streets and city; survival skills; Aboriginal people who lived along the river; seeking an education; court proceedings and choosing to go to a boy’s home; arriving at Westbrooke by police car; his first memories of Westbrook; his memories of the buildings and their layout; learning to fight; clothing; running away and being caught by police and returned; punishments and abuse; feeling unwilling to complain about his experiences at Westbrooke.

Cox discusses being sent to Riverview Training Farm For Boys; the numbers of boys at Riverview; the dormitory and staff quarters; chores; food; clothing; fights with other boys; staff; attending Church; playing sports; punishments and abuse; injuries and medical conditions; attempting to complain about his experiences; friendships; confronting his mother; a school reunion at Westbrooke; attending a Riverview reunion; seeking redress and compensation from the Salvation Army for his experiences at Riverview; difficulties seeking compensation; getting a job on a cattle station; searching for and discovering personal information about himself; developing life and social skills; working as a roof tiler; buying a house; starting a family; the ongoing effect of his experiences in care; his experiences in hospitals; opening a drop-in centre in Rockhampton; assisting other care leavers to makes claims for compensation; his feelings about the Salvation Army; family relationships and affection; the Forde Inquiry; the Apology; the public’s level of knowledge about Forgotten Australians; his hopes for the future.

Notes

Recorded on 28 May 2011 in Rockhampton, Queensland.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7. p) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 146 leaves) 
Subjects Cox, Robert, 1946- -- Interviews.  |  Westbrook Farm Home for Boys (Toowoomba, Qld.) -- History.  |  Riverview Training Farm For Boys (Riverview, Qld.) -- History.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- Queensland -- History -- 20th century.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- Queensland -- Psychological aspects.
Other authors/contributors Sewell, Hamish, 1964-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/61 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 6200/61 (summary)
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