Wendy Sutton, a former inmate of The Pines (Convent of the Good Shepherd), Plympton, South Australia now lives in New York, USA. Here she shares her poetry.
At the age of twelve, Janice was taken by her grandparents and father to Mount Saint Canice, one of the Magdalene Laundries. The laundry was run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Hobart, Tasmania. Now Janice lives in California, USA, where she enjoys writing and tending her beautiful garden. Here she shares one of her recent poems.
In these two original poetic works, Rachael Romero reflects on her experiences at The Pines, an institution for girls in Plympton, South Australia.
This is a song by Graham Evans, a resident of St Michael’s Home, Baulkham Hills, 1958 to 1962 and St Vincent’s Boys Home, Westmead, 1962 to 1966.
Poet Garry Shooks writes about the importance of marbles as currency in the Children's Home in I've got the lot.
Graham Evans shares his latest song lyrics.
Lana Syed forwarded this poem by fellow resident of Nudgee Orphanage, Peter Knight who died earlier this year.
Gloria Lovely was taken to St Vincent's Orphanage, Nudgee, in 1943, when she was 18 months old. She was then sent to a foster family at the age of ten. Here, Gloria writes about her experience in foster care.
As a child, Barbara Lane spent time in six institutions, between 1970 and 1979. Here, she shares six poems.
Sue Treweek was a resident of Abbortsford Convent from 1968 - 1970. At the age of 11, she was sent to Warilda, in Brisbane. She was also a resident of the Bush Children's Home in 1973 and Nudgee Orphanage from 1978 - 1979, both in Queensland.