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Ronald Arthur interviewed by Jeannine Baker for the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5717091
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Arthur, ronald, 1930-2015, Interviewee
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 236 min.) 

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 


Ronald Arthur discusses his earliest memories; living in a foster home; daily routine; sleeping arrangements; physical punishments; his relationship with other foster children; schooling and teasing; not owning possessions; Christmas and birthdays; Royleston Boys Home, N.S.W.; his first day there; staff; dormitories; daily routine and chores; meals; clothing; going to church; children's ages; making friends; sports; boys being given tobacco; being aware of WWII; punishments and abuse; the treatment of sick children; Yarra Bay Boys Home; his first impressions of Yarra Bay; daily routine and chores; food and meals; staff; the treatment of Aboriginal children there; sleeping arrangements; shoes; swimming and sports; feeling well cared for; Berry Boys Training Farm (1942); the layout of the farm and buildings; daily routine and farm chores; meals; staff; cricket; going to the pictures on Saturdays; friends; being taught farming skills; learning how to fight; returning to Royleston at age 14 to be boarded out; working as a farm worker at Forbes; being sent to Dubbo; being sent to Sawtell; absconding; being arrested and returned to Royleston; being sent to work at Casula; his feelings about working for no pay; finding work in Sydney; independence; lying about his age; friends and socialising; marriage and children.

Arthur discusses his determination to give his children a good upbringing and education; not telling his children about his childhood; trying to obtain his records and wages from Child Welfare; financial hardship; joining the Australian Army (1950); Kapooka; the School of Military Engineering at Casula; becoming a sapper; becoming a sniper; being unable to serve in Korea; mateship and enjoying the Army; the Military Police and his duties; applying for a discharge; working on a sheep station; managing a property; working on the railway; building a house; working as a caretaker; working at a coal mine; working as a colliery driver; working as a carpenter; working for the Department of Main Roads; building wheat silos; other road and construction work; working as a handyman; working at Hurlstone Agricultural High School as a farmhand; workplace accidents and injuries; starting a maintenance business; retirement (1988-1989); his feelings about his lack of formal education; his feelings about having a trade and skills; hobbies; the Apology; the ongoing psychological impact of his experiences in care and not knowing his parentage; receiving his birth certificate at age 79; his wish to find relatives; the impetus for joining CLAN; the importance of his family; resilience; wishes for his children and values he considers important.


Recorded on 8 and 25 August, and 8 September 2011 in Campbelltown, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (9 p.) available. 
Subjects Arthur, Ronald, 1930-2015 -- Interviews.  |  Royleston Boys Home (Glebe, N.S.W.) -- History.  |  Yarra Bay Boys Home (La Perouse, N.S.W.) -- History.  |  Berry Boys Training Farm (Berry, N.S.W.) -- History  |  Children -- Institutional care -- New South Wales -- History -- 20th century.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- New South Wales -- Psychological aspects.
Other authors/contributors Baker, Jeannine, Interviewer

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