Wayne (Hank) Edward Lewis (illegally adopted - Cottrell) writes, "I changed my name back to my family name - "Lewis" after the death of my adopted parents and after finally the archaic "Adoption Laws" were changed at end of 1993, and I was finally able to find my natural family only to find my Natural Mother had died in a state of depression 20yrs prior - she came back to Australia to try to find me, with no luck, I felt deprived, because of those Adoption Laws!"
Janice Konstantinidis was an inmate in Mount Saint Canice, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, where she worked as an unpaid child labourer in the Good Shepherd Sisters' commercial laundry. Janice now lives in California in USA. Here, she shares one of her recent poems.
Interdisciplinary artist Rachel Romero is currently creating the Magdalene Laundry Diary drawings for her forthcoming film.
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.
Rachael Romero, a former inmate of the The Pines, the Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Plympton, South Australia, shares her drawing A Severed Life.
Singer/songwriter Christine Harms was admitted to Nazareth House, Wynnum, Queensland at the age of three and left when she was 13. Her original song "On Eagle's Wings", recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is a reflection on her experiences in the Home.
New York artist and former resident of The Pines (Good Shepherd Convent), Adelaide SA, Rachael Romero shares artwork from her pending publication 'Artist's Portfolio: Nothing Sacred'.
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.
This month, a US federal judge threw out of court a class action filed on behalf of an estimated 10,000 former Child Migrants.