R achael Romero, who was an inmate in The Pines (Convent of the Good Shepherd, Plympton) shares one of her poems:
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.
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.
Julie Forrest, the daughter of an orphanage survivor, is holding a function to honour her mother and her friends from the Home. Any other WA former residents of Homes are invited to attend.
Rachael Romero who was sent to the The Pines, Plympton, SA, run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, recalls the importnace of holy cards.
Two of Rachael Romero's paintings depict some of her experiences at 'The Pines' in South Australia.
This holy card was given to Rachael, on her leaving The Pines by a fellow resident.