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Margaret Somerville was born in Lismore in 1912. In this interview she speaks about her father who was a Methodist minister, and about her religious upbringing. From 1941-65 she worked as a cottage mother at the Methodist Mission on Croker Island, NT.
She describes living conditions at the Mission, the evacuation of the Mission to Otford, NSW, during World War II, and about the return to Croker Island in 1946. In 1965, Somerville returned to Sydney, accompanied by two foster children who were later returned to their family. She talks about some of the children she cared for, and gives her views on institutional care. Somerville Cottage Homes in Darwin are named after her.
The interview is available to listen to online. A timed summary and transcript are also available.
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07 November 2018
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