'My heart broke for these defenseless people and still does today.' Gwen (Sandra) Robinson was placed in Wolston Park Hospital, Tufnell Home and Home of the Good Shepherd Mitchelton. Here, she remembers her experiences at Wolston Park.
'I stopped correcting them, and certainly stopped respecting them': Jessica Dalton describes her time at Lowson House, Royal Brisbane Hospital, in 1980. Jessica was 20 at the time but some of her experiences were similar to those recounted by Forgotten Australians who were admitted to adult wards of psychiatric hospitals as children.
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.
R honda describes how it's been hard for her to get a job and who is helping her.
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.
Rhonda, a former inmate of Wolston Park Hospital shares her recent poems.
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.
Rhonda Trivett, at the age of 13, from 1974 – 1981, was locked in the maximum security ward (Osler House), in Wolston Park Hospital, Brisbane. In her video, talks about her experiences and the need for redress.
Rhonda Trivett, from her experience as an adolescent, locked in the maximum security ward of an adult mental health facility, Wolston Park in Brisbane, asks that we make things right.