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Tony Holmes interviewed by Hamish Sewell in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project (2010)

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[From the National Library of Australia's Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project]

Tony Holmes, born 1945 in England, talks about his family background; his mother's health; living with relatives; his relationship with his brother; post-war England; the trip to Australia, his memory of arrival; the journey to Fairbridge Farm; first impressions of the countryside, heat, clothing worn; the roles of boys and girls, their chores; discipline; the ages of children; dormitories; boys rabbiting, learning to swim, running; developing survival strategies; network of friendships; abuse; the cottage mothers; mother's letters; meals; entertainment; developing resilience; schooling; new kids arriving; social networks; his mothers arrival in Australia and her fight for the return of her boys; moving to Perth; life with his mother, rebuilding of family; studying accountancy; joining the Army, his overseas service; university studies, Masters of Public Administration; his current studies for his PhD; Child Migrants Trust funding reunions in the UK; his Fairbridge records; Rotary; the Apology (Australia) and his invitation to UK apology.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser