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.
Award-winning film maker and visual artist, Rachael Romero, writes about the image of the knife that was used in a theatre production at the Pines (Convent of the Good Shepherd):
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.
Rachael Romero shares her original art work which she painted in 1973.
In these two original poetic works, Rachael Romero reflects on her experiences at The Pines, an institution for girls in Plympton, South Australia.
Two of Rachael Romero's paintings depict some of her experiences at 'The Pines' in South Australia.
Rachael Romero remembers the women admitted as children to 'The Pines', who stayed there well into their adulthood.
This holy card was given to Rachael, on her leaving The Pines by a fellow resident.
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".