by Diane Tronc (guest author) on 1 June, 2011
Silky Oaks Children’s Home was founded by the Open Brethren and first opened in Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland in 1940. In 1946 the Home was relocated to Manly. Former Silky Oaks resident Diane Tronc shares historical photos of the Home, her foster family and the Silky Oaks Reunion in May 2011.
Diane and Alan Bull
Diane with her foster parents, Allan and Audrey
Child residents at Silky Oaks, c. 1960s
Children at Silky Oaks, c. 1960s
Former Silky Oaks staff member, May 2011
Lynette and Diane, with Queensland state flag. Diane says, “I was a ward of the state and so I hold the flag as a reminder that the state has a duty to care”.
from L to R: Elizabeth, Karen, Helena, Cheryl and Lynette
Diane Tronc with Minister Rudd and the text for the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants
Silky Oaks Foundation Stone