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Marie Wood interviewed by Ann-Mari Jordens in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording] (13 May 2010)

13 May 2010
13 May 2010
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  • Petherick Reading Room (Oral History) OH ORAL TRC 6200/10
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This oral history recording is an account from a worker in the New South Wales Child Welfare Department, Marie Wood.

Ms Wood recalls her time working at Bidura, Bidura Court, Parramatta Girls Home and Ormond Training School, and the policies and practices of the Child Welfare Department. She also speaks about her response to the various government inquiries and apologies.


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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Prepared by: Naomi Parry