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Northern Territory - Archival Series

Ted Hampton interviewed by Anne Ronberg in the Bringing Them Home Oral History Project [sound recording] (2001)

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Ted Hampton was placed in St John's Hostel in Alice Springs in 1950 at the age of 12. In this interview he talks about his experiences there and at St Francis House in South Australia where he was transferred in 1953.


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In this interview Ted Hampton speaks about his parents, who placed him at St. John's Hostel in Alice Springs in 1950 when he was 12 years old in order to get an education. He attended Hartley Street School for three years and then moved to St. Francis House in Adelaide from 1953 to 1956.

Ted Hampton briefly describes St John's Hostel and then talks about living conditions at St. Francis House. After many construction jobs around Central Australia, Hampton became a vocational officer. He talks about his wife, an Arrente woman and their children, and expresses his opinions on the policy of child removal. At time of this interview, Hampton was a caseworker with Link-Up.

The interview is available to listen to online. A full transcript can also be requested. No timed summary is available.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George