Where are they? Who are they?

Murray, S 2008, 'Where are they? Who are they?', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 229-244.


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Title Where are they? Who are they?
Author(s) Murray, S
Year 2008
Journal name Australian Historical Studies
Volume number 39
Issue number 2
Start page 229
End page 244
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Abstract During the mid-twentieth century some Australian children spent as many as eighteen years in orphanages and other forms of institutional care. Who, then, were the families they left and what contact did they continue to have with them in the orphanage? How do they make sense of these experiences and how do they think it has affected their relationships with both the family members they already knew and others they only came to know over the course of their life? In answering these questions I draw on oral history accounts of people aged in their forties to their seventies who grew up in Catholic orphanages and children's homes in Victoria and left care during the period 1945 to 1983.
Subject Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Keyword(s) Childhood institutionalisation
family reunion
Australian history
oral history
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10314610802033197
ISSN 1031-461X
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