Barbara spent time as a child in Opal House, Opal Joyce Wilding Home, Wilson Youth Hospital, Vaughan House, The Haven and at Wolston Park Hospital (Osler House) between the years 1970 and 1979. Barbara is now the co-ordinator of the support group Now Remembered Australians Inc. In her poem 'One Man', Barbara pays tribute to Fr. Wally Dethlefs who helped to establish The Justice for Juveniles Group, previously known as the Wilson Protest Group.
My name is Katie-Maree Sibraa. I went into care at three months of age, in foster care. With my story it's the fifth generation in state care. My dad, my grandparents and my great-grandparents all in state care.
In this excerpt from his book, Father Wally Dethlefs recounts some of the things that horrified him about Wilson Youth Hospital, and how he responded.
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.