Orphans of the Living: Growing Up in 'Care' in Twentieth-Century Australia

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 19, 2010 - Abused children - 485 pages
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In August 2004, Parliamentary senators wept as they presented Forgotten Australians, the report from the Senate Inquiry into the treatment of children in care. Half a million children grew up in 'care' in twentieth-century Australia, and most often these children lived with daily brutal physical and emotional abuse in the sterile environment of an institution. Drawing on interviews, submissions to the Senate Inquiry, and her own experience, Joanna Penglase describes, for the first time, the experience from the perspective of the survivors. With tenderness, compassion and intellect, Penglase begins to unravel the seemingly inexplicable: how and why did this happen. She looks not only at the profound personal costs to these children, but the huge social and economic costs of these past policies.
 

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Contents

Speaking out at last
1
Why Homes?
43
A window on the Homes 91 Chapter 3 Complete and austere institutions
159
The Welfare what happened when the state got involved?
236
A terrible way to grow up
289
The aftermath
358
Picture credits 415 Numbers of children in care in 20thcentury Australia
422
Senate Inquiry submissions cited
423
Notes
426
Bibliography
449
Index
465
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