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Clem Apted interviewed by Hamish Sewell in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5481512
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Apted, Clem, 1947-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 196 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Clem Apted discusses his family background; his parents and siblings; memories of the family’s house in Glebe, Sydney; poverty and illness in the family; being placed in Gill Memorial Home for Boys after his mother’s death (1957); his feelings about being placed in the Home; the backgrounds of children in the Home; prejudices against Home children; memories of journeying to Gill; the buildings and dormitories; officers’ quarters; children to staff ratio; daily routine; his lack of contact with other children and the community outside of the Home; the consequences of this segregation; playing sport at school; games; food; chores; favoured children; showering; the treatment of bed wetters; punishments and abuse; illness and medical care; memories of defiance; stories of runaways and their celebrity status; children being referred to by numbers; clothing; photos and personal possessions; thefts.

Apted discusses writing to his Aunt; boys being able to visit their family at holidays; leaving Gill at age 14; employment; meeting his wife; raising a family; moving to New Zealand; moving to the Gold Coast; buying a house and running his own business; a Gill reunion; the immediate and ongoing psychological impact of his experiences in the Home; the disadvantage of Home boys, and stories of success despite this disadvantage; his feelings about religion; his feelings about the Salvation Army; developing confidence and communication skills; writing a book; seeking redress in adult life; joining CLAN; making claims and allegations; legal fees and measures; meeting with the Salvation Army; the death of most officers; his difficulty obtaining records; receiving an apology from the Salvation Army; his feelings about speaking about his experiences.

Notes

Recorded on 11 July 2011 in Wentworthville, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) available. 
Subjects Apted, Clem, 1947- -- 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.  |  Tennis coaches -- Interviews.
Occupation Coaches (Sports)
Other authors/contributors Sewell, Hamish, 1964-, Interviewer

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