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Listen to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history interviews

In the year since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the Apology, the National Library has begun recording interviews with people who were in institutional and out of home care as children. The interviews are being made available online in consultation with the people who have told their stories.  Preserving the voices of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants will ensure these experiences will be remembered.

Finding an interview

You can find information about the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants interviews through the National Library's catalogue.

Featured interviews

Photograph of Allan Luchetta

Photograph of Allan Luchetta by Carolyn Rasmussen, 2010.

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Allan Luchetta interviewed by Carolyn Rasmussen, October 2010.

Photograph of Mavis and Doug Appleyard

Photograph of Mavis and Doug Appleyard. Courtesy Mavis Appleyard.

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Mavis Appleyard interviewed by Virginia Macleod, October 2010.

Photograph of Bert McGregor

Photograph of Bert McGregor by Caroline Evans, 2010.

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Bert McGregor interviewed by Caroline Evans, October 2010.

Photograph of Patricia Carlson

Photograph of Patricia Carlson by Susan Marsden, 2010.

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Patricia Carlson interviewed by Susan Marsden, September 2010.

 

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Natalia Josephs interviewed by John Bannister, September 2010.

Photograph of Heather Crawford-Raby

Photograph of Heather Crawford-Raby by Olya Willis, 2010.

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Heather Crawford-Raby interviewed by Rob Willis, August 2010.

Photograph of Maurice Crawford-Raby

Photograph of Maurice Crawford-Raby by Olya Willis, 2010.

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Maurice Crawford-Raby interviewed by Rob Willis, August 2010.

Photograph of Allan Allaway

Photograph of Allan Allaway by Olya Willis, 2010.

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Allan Allaway interviewed by Rob Willis, August 2010.

Book cover image. A chip off what block? A child migrant's tale, by Laurie Humphreys

Book cover image. A chip off what block? A child migrant's tale, by Laurie Humphreys, 2007.

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Laurie Humphreys interviewed by Bill Bunbury, July 2010.

 

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Caroline Carroll interviewed by Karen George, August 2010.

Photograph of Tony Costa

Photograph of Tony Costa by Olya Willis, 2010.

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Tony Costa interviewed by Rob Willis, May 2010.

Book cover image. An orphan's escape: Memories of a lost childhood, by Frank Golding

Book cover image. An orphan's escape: Memories of a lost childhood, by Frank Golding, 2005.

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Frank Golding interviewed by Rob Linn, June 2010.

Photograph of Joanna Penglase

Photograph of Joanna Penglase. Courtesy Joanna Penglase.

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Joanna Penglase interviewed by Susan Marsden, June 2010.

Photograph of Marie Wood

Photograph of Marie Wood by Greg Power, 2010.

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Marie Wood interviewed by Ann-Mari Jordens, May 2010.

Book cover image. Charlie the ratbag orphan, by Charlie Walker, 2010

Book cover image. Charlie the ratbarg orphan, by Charlie Walker, 2010.

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Charlie Walker interviewed by Rob Willis, February 2010.

Photograph of David Plowman

Photograph of David Plowman. Courtesy David Plowman.

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David Plowman interviewed by John Bannister, February 2010.

Photograph of Dilys Budd

Photograph of Dilys Budd by Ann-Mari Jordens, 2010.

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Dilys Budd interviewed by Ann-Mari Jordens, March 2010.

Photograph of Vera Fooks

Photograph of Vera Fooks.

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Vera Fooks interviewed by Susan Marsden, February 2010.

Photograph of Michael Snell

Photograph of Michael (Mick) Snell by Loui Seselja, 2009.

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Michael (Mick) Snell interviewed by Rob Willis , November 2009.

 

The Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history interviews are being made available by the National Library of Australia in collaboration with the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Further information

Curator's Choice

  • 2/1st Australian Army Topographic Survey Company, Kokoda, New Guinea 1944
    2/1st Australian Army Topographic Survey Company, Kokoda, New Guinea 1944

This Second World War topographic map of Kokoda shows the location of villages, tracks, a canoe route, seaplane bases and mission stations. Map images from the Library’s Digital Collection are interactive. Use the Zoom control to pan and examine details.