Marie Wood talks about her early life and schooling; her tertiary studies in teaching and nursing; teaching at Bidura Children's Home, Glebe; the institutional culture at Bidura, play equipment and the building; Bidura Children's Court; teaching at Ormond Training School for Girls, Thornleigh; the girls, classrooms, class size, letters home, censorship and activities; Parramatta Girls Home; Elizabeth Bay Gaol; the Privilege Cottage; health care; remedial teaching; curriculum; teaching materials and library; bullying; school holidays; returnees; length of stay; leaving Ormond, and her subsequent teaching career; her reflections on Ormond; Bringing Them Home Inquiry; Forgotten Australians Inquiry; Kevin Rudd's apologies; Aboriginal Embassy; Old Parliament House; the families of Forgotten Australians; the legacy of institutionalisation.
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31 July 2023
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