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Trevor Deshong interviewed by Colleen Hattersley in the Bringing them home oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 1720957
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Deshong, Trevor, 1965-, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2001 
2 digital audio tapes (92 min.) 
Series

Bringing them home oral history project.

Summary

Deshong was removed from his mother at the age of 3 months and placed in a children's home in Townsville, Qld. until he was adopted by a white family. The adoption arrangement was not successful and he was eventually sent back to the children's home. He then ran away to Brisbane where he survived as a street kid before being placed in Wilston Youth Hostel. Later he was sent to Boystown but he again ran away, taking a train back to Townsville. He describes encountering a woman during the train journey and he later learned that she was his mother. Deshong began working but the instability of his childhood made it difficult for him to settle and he was eventually sentenced before the courts and sent to prison for 10 years. During his time in prison, he discovered his artistic talent and began rebuilding his life. He also established contact with his family, but his mother died before they could be reunited.

Biography/History

Deshong is currently employed as a radio producer at 4AAA Murri Country Radio in Brisbane and is an accomplished visual and recording artist and songwriter.

Notes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this recording may contain names and voices of deceased persons.

Recorded on July 31, 2001.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-218457807

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) and transcript (typescript, 37 leaves) 
Subjects Deshong, Trevor, 1965- -- Interviews.  |  Townsville Orphanage.  |  Salvation Army -- Queensland.  |  Boys' Town (Beaudesert, Qld.)  |  Stolen generations (Australia) -- Queensland.  |  Child welfare - Child / parent separation - Stolen generations.  |  Child welfare - Adoption and fostering.  |  Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Institutional care -- Queensland.
Other authors/contributors Hattersley, Colleen, 1944-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 5000/295 (summary)
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ORAL TRC 5000/295 (transcript)
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