[From the National Library of Australia's Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project]
David Plowman talks about his family background; being in hospital in Malta between (1941-1942); the Salesian Institution, coming to Australia; memories of his trip; the community of Tardun; his knowledge of Australia; his initial impressions of Perth; how over 50 percent of Maltese children were being reunited within two years; uniting with his mother in (1959); his mother sponsored by children working in Kanna, Mullewa and Geraldton; his brother's situation; the British migrant story being different to the Maltese; Maltese families exploiting system of migration; his concerns of reuniting with family; the sense of loss, rejection and anxiety; being homesick; his dormitory experiences; re-adjustment problems.
Plowman speaks about cultural differences; Clontaft orphanage; being sent to Tardun farm school, near Mullewa and other institutions; impressions and memories of Tardun; Palatine Mission; Brother Doyle; who organised the migration; Tardun Old Boy Association; working with Christian Brothers Ex Residence Services (CBERS); unfortunate stories heard; his Maltese child migrant experience; family reunions; significant numbers of children not orphans; examples of problems with reunification; child migrant's issues; examples of Maltese situation; the government recognising its faults; monuments erected in Malta and Fremantle, Western Australia; how to deal with problems; Barnardos; helping people that can't move on; society reflecting the human condition; the Boat people.
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Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 23 August 2012, Last modified: 10 June 2021