Forgotten Australians, music

Dreary old world

Australian country singer, Harold "Buddy" Williams (1918 - 1986) was born in Sydney and was placed in Glebe Point Orphanage. He tried to escape many times and was eventually fostered out to a farming family in Dorrigo, NSW. It soon became apparent to him that the foster care arrangement was a means for the family to secure his unpaid labour. At the age of 15, Buddy ran away from his foster family and took up a series of jobs including busking along the north coast of NSW. When he later arrived in Sydney, he successfully auditioned for EMI and secured a recording contract.

documents, Forgotten Australians, memories

Graham John Davis 1946 – 1974

Following on from his autobiography, "A Tormented Life", Warren Porter writes the story of his deceased brother, Graham Davis. Warren writes about how Graham was sent to Westbrook Farm Home in 1961. Warren argues the case for a Royal Commission into the treatment of children in Australian institutions.