- Interview with Colin Davis, Indigenous separated child [sound recording]; Bringing them home oral history project
- National Library of Australia Oral History Collection
- ORAL TRC 5000/84
- Date Range
- 18 January 2000
- Willis, Rob
Interviewed by Rob Willis, recorded on January 18, 2000 at Batemans Bay, NSW. Colin Davis speaks of being disowned by his family and being placed at Cowra Mission; he and the other children were cared for by Mum Shirl on Cowra Mission; his views on Mum Shirl; close sense of community at the Mission, run like a family unit with love and respect for each other; when he was transferred to Kinchela Boys Home at age 9 which was like being separated from his family; girls transferred to Cootamundra Girls Home; discipline was stressed and aggressively administered towards the darker Aboriginal boys, wanting to take revenge against two managers; crawling was a necessary act of survival; when he left at age Welfare still had a great amount of control over his relationships - he could not have a girlfriend or go to the cinemas nor allowed to work with just any employer.
- 2 digital audio tapes
- Access open for research use; written permission required for public use from the Project Manager.
- Finding Aid
Timed summary (4 p.) available.