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.
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
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.
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."