• Entry type: Resource
  • Entry ID: AWH001152

Interview with Sister Elizabeth Nghia [sound recording] Interviewer: Helen Chryssides

  • Repository State Library of South Australia
  • Reference OH 250/3
  • Date Range 17-Jan-94 - 17-Jan-94
  • Description

    1 hour 37 minutes Elizabeth Nghia Bui was born in North Vietnam. Her family fled to South Vietnam in 1954 and settled in Saigon. Elizabeth entered the order of the Lovers of the Holy Cross and trained first as a teacher and then as a social worker. In 1975 at the time of the fall of Saigon she was in charge of an orphanage which came under Communist control. Elizabeth escaped on board a fishing boat with 31 others in June 1976. After two weeks they were rescued and taken to Japan. From there Elizabeth decided to come to Australia. She was sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and arrived in Adelaide in September 1976. Elizabeth then helped to form the Indochinese Australian Women’s Association and for several years worked in a voluntary capacity to provide welfare services while the Association battled for funds. Elizabeth describes the wide ranging services of the Association and the positive impact it has had on refugees and the wider community.

  • Formats Sound recording (cassette) analogue
  • Finding Aid Full transcript with appendix of pamphlets about Indochinese Australian Women's Association available (27 pages)

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  • Primary Creator
    • Bui, Elizabeth Nghia (1945 - )