School was pretty horrific: John Mulvay

John Mulvay moved to the Blue Mountains when he was 2. His memories of school in the 1960’s are mostly of the beatings and the racism, though everyone “who didn’t fit the mould” had a tough time. He ended up skipping most of it and playing in the bush, “dodging dad” who felt education was “the only way up”. However, he went on to do an honours degree in archaeology at the ANU and now is back in the Blue Mountains caring for his son.

Keywords: Identity; daily life; childhood; racism; school; values; moving