In these two original poetic works, Rachael Romero reflects on her experiences at The Pines, an institution for girls in Plympton, South Australia.
Janice Konstantinidis, shares a current photograph, as well as her detailed history of her time from the age of 12 working in the laundry of Mount Saint Canice, Tasmania, one of the Magdalena laundries, nicknamed "The Mag". Janice also includes recollections of the lengths some girls would go to in order to escape.
Rachael Romero remembers the women admitted as children to 'The Pines', who stayed there well into their adulthood.
Rachael Romero's artistic talent gave her a reprieve from slaving in the laundry at The Pines.
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".
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.
In her short film In the Shadow of Eden, filmmaker Rachael Romero comes to grips with the physical, sexual and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her religion-fixated father while growing up in rural South Australia. The film includes memories of her time in the Good Shepherd Sisters' laundry at The Pines in Plympton, Adelaide.
In this excerpt from "Burnside from the Inside 1916 - 1926", Fred Wingrave describes his experience in working in the laundry at Burnside Children's Home and his affection for Mrs Bunker, one of the women who worked in the laundry.