Migrant children leaving Britain. Australia's Roman Catholic Church publicly apologised on Thursday to British and Maltese child migrants who suffered abuse including rape, whippings and slave labour in religious institutions.

Migrant children leaving Britain. Australia's Roman Catholic Church publicly apologised on Thursday to British and Maltese child migrants who suffered abuse including rape, whippings and slave labour in religious institutions.

Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962. Bindoon Boys' Home [Western Australia] [picture]

Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962. Bindoon Boys' Home [Western Australia] [picture]

In 1946, at the age of 10, Hennessey was sent from an orphanage in England to Bindoon Boys Town in Western Australia. He recalls the arrival in Fremantle for the big adventure that had been promised: Instead, they were herded into trucks. Life at Bindoon, run by the Catholic Church's Christian Brothers, was a catalogue of cruelty, where beatings and sexual assaults were daily events.

In 1946, at the age of 10, Hennessey was sent from an orphanage in England to Bindoon Boys Town in Western Australia. He recalls the arrival in Fremantle for the big adventure that had been promised: Instead, they were herded into trucks. Life at Bindoon, run by the Catholic Church's Christian Brothers, was a catalogue of cruelty, where beatings and sexual assaults were daily events.

Construction of the administration building at Bindoon, 1952. Reproduced courtesy State Library of Western Australia, The Battye Library 010817D.Google Image Result for http://otoweb.cloudapp.net/graphics/large/construction-admin-building-bindoon-1952.jpg

Construction of the administration building at Bindoon, 1952. Reproduced courtesy State Library of Western Australia, The Battye Library 010817D.Google Image Result for http://otoweb.cloudapp.net/graphics/large/construction-admin-building-bindoon-1952.jpg

Building construction at Bindoon Boys Town, WA 1952 Reproduced courtesy of State Library of Western Australia, Battye Library.

Building construction at Bindoon Boys Town, WA 1952 Reproduced courtesy of State Library of Western Australia, Battye Library.

Bindoon Boys Town: The sad truth behind Britain's lost children - Australasia - World - The Independent

Bindoon Boys Town: The sad truth behind Britain's lost children

Bindoon Boys Town: The sad truth behind Britain's lost children - Australasia - World - The Independent

Clontarf Boys Town, outside Perth, Western Australia. Posted by Michael Gormley on his blog.

Clontarf Boys Town, outside Perth, Western Australia. Posted by Michael Gormley on his blog.

Bindoon in Western Australia. Perth Photos by Mingor

Bindoon in Western Australia. Perth Photos by Mingor

Clontarf Boys Town, outside Perth, Western Australia. Posted by Michael Gormley.        Michael Gormley writes a blog called Clontarf Boys Town, where he gathers stories of other child migrants and reflects on his time at the school of the same name outside Perth, Western Australia. He was sent to Australia in 1953, at the age of eight.

Clontarf Boys Town, outside Perth, Western Australia. Posted by Michael Gormley. Michael Gormley writes a blog called Clontarf Boys Town, where he gathers stories of other child migrants and reflects on his time at the school of the same name outside Perth, Western Australia. He was sent to Australia in 1953, at the age of eight.


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Australia's forgotten child migrants - Australian Geographic

Australia's forgotten child migrants - Australian Geographic

Group portrait of nuns with young girls. Child migrants on arrival at Nazareth House in Geraldton 1953 – Yvonne standing third from left. Lent by Yvonne Radzevicius    "My lasting thought of Great Britain was being herded like cattle to board the New Australia. The nuns told me my parents were dead and I had no brothers or sisters."

Group portrait of nuns with young girls. Child migrants on arrival at Nazareth House in Geraldton 1953 – Yvonne standing third from left. Lent by Yvonne Radzevicius "My lasting thought of Great Britain was being herded like cattle to board the New Australia. The nuns told me my parents were dead and I had no brothers or sisters."

Children on plough with a 14 horse team at Fairbridge Farm School, Molong. Image courtesy Bigrigg Collection, Molong and District Historical Society

Children on plough with a 14 horse team at Fairbridge Farm School, Molong. Image courtesy Bigrigg Collection, Molong and District Historical Society

First Fairbridge party 1938. Reproduced courtesy Molong Historical Society. The departure - On their own - Britain's Child Migrants

First Fairbridge party 1938. Reproduced courtesy Molong Historical Society. The departure - On their own - Britain's Child Migrants

The children attend school at the Fairbridge Primary School. Image courtesy Bigrigg Collection, Molong and District Historical Society

The children attend school at the Fairbridge Primary School. Image courtesy Bigrigg Collection, Molong and District Historical Society

Fairbridge farm schools - Google Search

Fairbridge farm schools - Google Search

Old Farbridgians - Molong

Old Farbridgians - Molong

Learning domestic science on the Fairbridge Farm School.

Learning domestic science on the Fairbridge Farm School.

Group of girls outside the Fairbridge Farm School, Duncan 1930s. Reproduced courtesy Royal BC Museum, BC Archives I-68569.

Group of girls outside the Fairbridge Farm School, Duncan 1930s. Reproduced courtesy Royal BC Museum, BC Archives I-68569.

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