Tstate of redress in Western Australia for Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants was covered by SBS on 1 June 2011.
Oliver Cosgrove writes in response to personal histories about child slave labour in children's homes. He refers to a photograph of children building the swimming pool at Clontarf Boys' Town, and notes that such work contravened the International Labour Organisation Convention.
A history of Fairbridge Farm, Pinjarra, WA, is presented on "Fairbridge Kids", the website of the The Old Fairbridgians' Association of Western Australia.
Bob McGuire shares his recent photographs of Parkerville Children's Home, WA.
In a recent post on this website, Godfrey Gilmour, writes about his experience as a former Child Migrant. He remembers Father Cyril Stinson visiting his school in Malta in order to recruit boys to migrate to Australia. Oliver Cosgrove kindly contacted the National Museum with information about Father Stinson.
"Imay not have been an orphan in the real sense of the word, and my experience at Clontarf as a state ward, however, was full of orphaning experiences”. Godfrey Gilmour, a retired Anglican priest, noticed himself as a child in a photograph, published on this website, taken by Mick O’Donoghue at Clontarf Boys Town in the 1950s. Here, he shares his experiences as a child migrant from a loving family in Malta to the humiliating conditions at Clontarf.
Former Child Migrant Raymond Brand writes about his experience as a child migrant from Britain, growing up in Castledare and Bindoon, WA. Ray describes the abuse he suffered and how education and medical care were low priorities at Bindoon.
How did abuse happen in institutions without anyone knowing at the time? In 1944, a Mrs Grundy in Perth knew. Her letters of complaint against child slave labour at the Convent of the Good Shepherd were published by the Catholic newspaper "The Record", on Wednesday, September 20, 1944. In the reply, the editor published the response of Welfare. Oliver Cosgrove kindly made available to the National Museum this excerpt from this edition of "The Record", headlined "Child Welfare Department Refute Malicious Slander Against Home of the Good Shepherd".
Below is a copy of the report on the visit, in July 1948, to Castledare Junior Orphanage, WA, by the Secretary of the Child Welfare Department, State Migration Officer and two inspectors also from the Child Welfare Department.
Julie Forrest, the daughter of an orphanage survivor, is holding a function to honour her mother and her friends from the Home. Any other WA former residents of Homes are invited to attend.