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Ralph Doughty interviewed by Hamish Sewell in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5481503
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Doughty, Ralph, 1933-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 251 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Ralph Doughty discusses his parents and six siblings; visiting relatives in the bush; his parents' health and other difficulties in the home; memories of being in the bush and making eucalyptus oil; all six children being placed in Homes in Goulburn; a number of his siblings being given away; being sent to Gill Memorial Home for Boys; being visited by his father at Gill and officers discouraging these visits; his first memories of Gill; the dormitories; fights and beatings; regimentation; his brother's illness whilst in the Home; going to church and funerals; playing in a band and marching; visiting Goulburn Prison with the band and mixing with prisoners; punishments and abuse; a sense of powerlessness amongst by the boys; the treatment of boys with disabilities; defiance and survival; domestic work and chores; officers and band leaders; relationships between officers; the financial and educational disadvantage of orphans and children of servicemen at the time; social security; positive female figures in his childhood.

Doughty discusses leaving Gill and living with his cousins; employment; marriage; participating in National Service; resilience and determination; his tertiary education and qualifications; his reporting of allegations of abuse and the investigation processes; his feelings about the Salvation Army; the importance of records and accountability; his difficulties obtaining records; inaccuracies in records; his feelings about and the role of publicity regarding his childhood experiences; undertaking a class action; the compensation offered to him; his feelings about apologies from the Salvation Army and the Government.

Notes

Recorded on 10 July 2011 in Goulburn, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.). 
Subjects Doughty, Ralph, 1933- -- 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.  |  Lawyers -- New South Wales -- Interviews.
Occupation Lawyers.
Other authors/contributors Sewell, Hamish, 1964-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/72
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ORAL TRC 6200/72 (summary)
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