Objects

Here are some of the objects that the National Museum has collected.

X-Ray of Clontarf Strap Clontarf strap #2

An X-ray scan of a leather strap made by Bill Brennan, who grew up in Clontarf Boys’ Town, WA, shows internal metal reinforcements inserted to give the strap more strength.

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Mary's apron My Ireland

‘My Ireland’ is the name that Mary Brownlee gave to the apron that was given to her by Sister Judith Kelly, at St. Joseph’s Home, Kincumber, NSW.

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knife The cross was a knife for us

Award-winning film maker and visual artist, Rachael Romero, writes about the image of the knife that was used in a theatre production at the Pines (Convent of the Good Shepherd):

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Two medals, one a chain, next to a five cent piece St Benedict for Bindoon boys

Here, Oliver Cosgrove shares the St Benedict’s Medal which was given to all the boys at Boys’ Town, Bindoon, WA. The article sadly makes light of child slave labour at Bindoon.

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Dearest-Rachael Don’t let me catch you back here

This holy card was given to Rachael, on her leaving The Pines by a fellow resident.

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bookmark Art has always saved me

Rachael Romero’s artistic talent gave her a reprieve from slaving in the laundry at The Pines.

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Laundry slip from the Home of the Good Sheperd, Plympton, South Australia M’o’mento of slavery

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd ran commercial laundries which serviced many businesses, including hopsitals, hotels and wealthy households. Doing all the unpaid, hard labour in hot conditions were teenage girls who were sent the convent because they were considered to be in “moral danger”.

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Hand-drawn plan of Children's Home 'The Pines' Map of The Pines

Rachael Romero shares the map she drew at the age of 15 while living at the Convent of the Good Shepherd also known as “The Pines”. Rachael’s map includes the site of the laundry where the young female residents worked.

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The Pines – drawing and notes I am free

Rachael Romero still has a drawing and a note she wrote on freedom, in 1968, aged 15, at The Pines in South Australia.

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Leather strap Clontarf strap

This leather strap was made by William ‘Bill’ Brennan when a man in his 50s as a copy of the ones he made as a boy in the leather workshop of Clontarf Christian Brothers Home. It was offered to the National Museum by Bill’s brother, Anthony.

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Concrete from Clontarf swimming pool Clontarf concrete

This is a piece of concrete, not much bigger in size than a hand. It was rescued from the demolition of the swimming pool at the former Clontarf Boys Town Christian Brothers Home in Western Australia.

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Picture2 Protest napkin

Wilma nee Wilma Cassidy held up this napkin in the Great Hall of Parliament House during the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants on 16 November 2009.

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Pink soft toy bear Blick bear

Atoy bear made by inmates of Pentridge prison was a rare treasure for Jeanette Blick as a child in Orana Methodist Home.

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