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George Bloomfield interviewed by John Maynard in the Bringing them home oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 887596
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Bloomfield, George, 1956-, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2001 
2 digital audio tapes (100 min.) 
Series

Bringing them home oral history project.

Summary

Bloomfield speaks about his early life in Fitzroy, Vic.; living as fringe-dwellers in Griffith, N.S.W.; and his removal in 1961 with his two siblings. He was put into Royleston Depot, before being sent to Mittagong and then to Werrickton Park Boys Home. He describes the harsh living conditions in each institution. After leaving the Home at age 16, Bloomfield moved through several halfway houses before settling in Sydney where he currently works as a youth worker, a role in which he draws heavily on his own difficult life experiences. He was re-united with his mother 6 months before her death. He expresses his views on the need to educate people to be responsible parents.

Notes

Recorded on April 7, 2001 in Sydney, N.S.W.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-218398674

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 83 leaves) 
Subjects Bloomfield, George, 1956- -- Interviews.  |  Werrickton Park Boys Home (N.S.W.)  |  Mittagong Boys Home (N.S.W.)  |  Families, Aboriginal Australian.  |  Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Institutional care -- New South Wales.  |  Aboriginal Australian orphans -- New South Wales -- Treatment.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Removal -- Personal narratives.
Other authors/contributors Maynard, John, 1954-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 5000/247 (transcript)
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