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Interview with Colin Davis, Indigenous separated child [sound recording]; Bringing them home oral history project

Title
Interview with Colin Davis, Indigenous separated child [sound recording]; Bringing them home oral history project
Repository
National Library of Australia Oral History Collection
Reference
ORAL TRC 5000/84
Date Range
18 January 2000
Creator
Willis, Rob
Description

Interviewed by Rob Willis, recorded on January 18, 2000 at Batemans Bay, NSW. Colin Davis speaks of being disowned by his family and being placed at Cowra Mission; he and the other children were cared for by Mum Shirl on Cowra Mission; his views on Mum Shirl; close sense of community at the Mission, run like a family unit with love and respect for each other; when he was transferred to Kinchela Boys Home at age 9 which was like being separated from his family; girls transferred to Cootamundra Girls Home; discipline was stressed and aggressively administered towards the darker Aboriginal boys, wanting to take revenge against two managers; crawling was a necessary act of survival; when he left at age Welfare still had a great amount of control over his relationships - he could not have a girlfriend or go to the cinemas nor allowed to work with just any employer.

Quantity
2 digital audio tapes
Access
Access open for research use; written permission required for public use from the Project Manager.
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