Michael Snell born 1935 speaks about meeting his relatives for the first time at the age of 60; his early memories of Homes and the National Children's Home and Orphanage (U.K.); reasons for children being in the Home, being sent to Australia after WWII; arriving in Australia in March 1950, conditions and weather on the trip; arriving in Sydney, incident involving fumigation; Dalmar Methodist Home near Carlingford, N.S.W.; chores at the Home, milking, farm work, child labour, schooling, treatment by other school children; discipline at the Home; paedophiles; the number of children and routines at Dalmar Home; going to church; leaving Dalmar; friends made on the trip to Australia; returning to England as an adult; survival; address by Malcolm Turnbull at the Apology (16th Nov. 2009); his feelings about the Apology;
Snell discusses the importance of the work done by Margaret Humphreys and Harold Haig; his reason for being a member of Care Leavers Association Network (CLAN); the British Apology (Jan. 2010); speeches made by Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull; visiting the British Consulate after the Apology; his expectations from the Apology; meeting up with other child migrants and reconnecting with former mates from Dalmar; getting his passport; Sir Robert Menzies and Child Migration; unity amongst child migrants; not telling his family about all of his experiences; his children and grandchildren; writing a diary of his trip out to Australia; being punished for being left handed; fighting; difficulty in forming relationships; meeting his wife; being isolated; playing football.
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07 June 2023
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