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  • Title
    Stockton Centre oral history interviews, conducted by Sue Andersen and Laila Ellmoos, 25-28 March 2010
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLOH 877
  • Level of description
  • Date

    25-28 March 2010
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    Sound Recording : Available online with associated transcript (applies to Items 3-5)
  • Physical Description
    9 sound discs (8 hrs, 52 min.) - digital - + 5 printed transcripts

    Sue Andersen is a public historian who was commissioned by Ageing, Disability and Home Care NSW to record oral histories as part of a project to commemorate the centenary of the Stockton Centre in 2010.

    The Stockton Centre is located in suburban Newcastle, New South Wales. It was first established as a mental hospital in 1910 and was gazetted as Stockton Mental Hospital in 1923. It has functioned as an institution for a wide range of people including elderly women, 'refractory girls', women with a mental illness, and men, women and children with an intellectual disability. At its peak in 1961 there were 1240 patients, ranging in age from six to 96 years old, living at Stockton Hospital. By 2010, following the introduction of a policy of deinstitutionalisation of people with intellectual disabilities, the Stockton Centre (renamed in 1989) had 413 residents.

    Beneath the pines : a history of the Stockton Centre / Laila Ellmoos. Sydney : Ageing, Disability and Home Care, 2010
  • Collection history
    For preservation and access, the original oral history CD masters were converted to WAV files, and the hardcopy transcripts to PDF files, in 2019. Original material has been retained
  • Scope and Content
    This collection comprises five oral history interviews, with accompanying transcripts, which document the experiences of people who have been associated with the Stockton Centre, previously called Stockton Mental Hospital. Interviewees include current and former staff, former residents and their relatives.

    ITEM 1
    Dorothy Harrington interview by Sue Andersen, 25 March 2010

    ITEM 2
    Bessie Knox interview by Sue Andersen, 26 March 2010

    ITEM 3
    John Chipperfield and Bessie Knox interview by Sue Andersen, 27 March 2010

    ITEM 4
    Val Forbes, Denise Leask, Betty Miller, Lola O'Doherty and Beryl Frost interview by Sue Andersen and Laila Ellmoos, 27 March 2010

    ITEM 5
    Rosalie Bragg and Joy Lewis interview by Sue Andersen and Laila Ellmoos, 28 March 2010
  • Source
    Presented by Diane Bradley on behalf of Ageing, Disability & Home Care, 2010
  • Access Conditions
    Partly restricted: Applies to Items 1 and 2
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright - This collection has multiple rights owners
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder
  • Published Information
    Excerpts from the interviews are quoted in Beneath the pines : a history of the Stockton Centre / Laila Ellmoos. Sydney : Ageing, Disability and Home Care, 2010
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