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James Luthy interviewed by Hamish Sewell in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5481493
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Luthy, James, 1951-, Interviewee
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
2 sound files (ca. 184 min.) 

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 


James Luthy, born in Blaxland, N.S.W., discusses his parents and family background; early memories; his siblings; social attitudes at the time in regard to illegitimacy; being put into the care of a retired missionary; having no contact with his parents; his guardian denying him access to information about his childhood; domestic duties and hard work; discipline and punishments; his feelings about and relationship with his guardian; being sent to Gill Memorial Home for Boys in Goulburn; his first memories of Gill; the history of Gill; the grounds; children being assigned numbers; rules; dinner time and meals; hunger; domestic chores; the dearth of presents and toys; thefts; fights and social hierarchies amongst the boys; routine and regimentation; walking to school; drum band; sports; clothing and uniforms; punishments, discipline and abuse; officer training; child endowments received by Gill; the town, church and schools surrounding Gill; the demographics of Goulburn at the time; negative community attitudes towards children from Homes.

Luthy discusses his feelings of solidarity with other boys from the Home; his schooling; his sense of low educational expectations had for Home boys; a lack of education amongst former wards and the capacity for this to disempower them; having to leave the Home abruptly and returning to live with his guardian; employment; his attitudes towards food and eating; his attitudes towards authority; his struggle for financial stability; his work ethic and success; completing tertiary education; the importance of records and the lack of records which exists about his childhood; possible reasons for this lack of records; a dispute he had with the Salvation Army about his admissions slip to Gill; discovering information about his childhood; discovering family names; finding his brother; his relationships with his siblings; the Apology; the ongoing effects of abuse and its impact upon relationships; his feelings about the Salvation Army; his public statements on behalf of children in care in Salvation Army Homes and the Salvation Army's response; an ensuing legal battle and his ongoing desire for redress; conclusion.


Recorded on 4 July 2011 in Birkdale, Qld.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.). 
Subjects Luthy, James, 1951- -- Interviews.  |  Gill Memorial Home for Boys (Goulburn, N.S.W.) -- History.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- New South Wales -- History -- 20th century.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- New South Wales -- Psychological aspects.  |  Teachers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Cooks -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Cooks.
Other authors/contributors Sewell, Hamish, 1964-, Interviewer

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