The University of Melbourne, in 2009, acknowledged its prior use of children in orphanages as human guinea-pigs in medical research in 2009. Read Tom Thompson's recollections of men in white coats giving him injections at a Children's Home in Parkville, VIC.
Girls who entered Children's Homes were often subjected, without explanation, to harsh physical exmainations. Wilma Robb shares a photo of the table used for internal examinations at Parramatta Girls Home.
Over 100 bodies of unidentified children were discovered during a recent rebuild of the psychiatric ward at Sydney Children's Hospital – the site of the former Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children. Here, John Murray shares photographs of the ceremony held for their reinterment.
In 1961, John, Frank, Patricia and Jeannette Halliday, without explanation, were taken to Allambie Reception Centre, Victoria before being taken to court and made wards of the state and then sent to Orana Methodist Home, Burwood. The Halliday children were subject to medical testing.
I n his Online Opinion article, 'From the cradle to the Grave, author John Murray discusses how some children in institutions in Australia were used as subjects of medical testing.