Bye-Bye Charlie: Stories from the Vanishing World of Kew Cottages

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UNSW Press, 2008 - Social Science - 262 pages
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Kew Cottages has long been an iconic symbol for many Australians. Opened in 1887 by the Victorian Government, it was Australia’s first and largest specialized institution for people with intellectual disability. Over its 121 year history, Kew Cottages often struggled to provide a high level of care for its residents. Persistent overcrowding, inadequate funding, and government and public apathy, resulted in many residents enduring lives of hardship and neglect. Bye-Bye Charlie is a rare glimpse into the world of Kew Cottages. Combining oral testimony from a range of people including residents, families, staff, policy makers, and visitors, as well as documentary evidence, it offers a moving account of the path to institutional living, the complex emotions felt by people associated with the institution, and the facility’s eventual closure. Most importantly, it celebrates the lives of people who have long been silenced or forgotten, turning them into active participants of their own history making.
 

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I enjoyed reading the chapters about the outdoors, clothes and food. They tell quite a lot about daily life at Kew Cottages, and how the residents thought and felt about their daily lives. Manning describes the changes in the times well.

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This is a great Read...
Corinne Manning has done a fabulous job in gathering information and putting it down in an easy and enjoyable to read book...
Although never having anything to do with Kew
Cottages have been a local to the aera and now have a whole new view on the place..
thank you Corinne for a fantasic book.
 

Contents

Foreword by Dorothy Atkinson
7
Happy Memories?
8
Timeline
13
The Journey to Kew
25
A River of Tears 28
50
A New World
65
No Buttons No Braces and No Laces
88
Shepherds Pie to Stir Fry
104
At the Heart of Kews History
117
Chattel Slaves?
144
Kew Salute
184
Walking Ghosts
208
ByeBye Charlie
229
Notes
240
Bibliography
250
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