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By Karen Valenti, Stirling Times
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FOR many reasons thousands of children from Britain, Ireland and Malta were shipped to institutions in Australia between 1922 and 1967.
Yes there should be an apology. No this should not have happened.
But you all mark my words, you will see if we wont be apologizing and compensating the boatloads of these so called 'refugees' in 20 years time. They will want an apology and compensation, too, but will not deserve it.
I was a product of St Josephs Bindoon. This was a extremely violent place to live and harsh on boys, I thought this was normal, I swore I would never send my children to an institution like that and never did. It took me a few years but I adjusted to normal social behavior and got on with my life. A few of the lads tried to start an old boys association at Clontarf but was not successful as there was too many issues unsettled in my opinion, nobody made any open comment which was normal practice. The Christian Brothers and similar organisations should be apologiseing not just the current government.
As an English migrant here by choice for the last 20 yrs I never even realised children were taken from these countries. It makes me feel very ignorant and it makes me feel that the compensations being paid to indiginous people from The Lost Generations should be shared with these other 10,000 children!! Shame on the government for handing out to one group and not another!
I know of a lady who was sent out from England and was put into Fairbridge. Foe many years, she didn't want to go back there. She wrote a book in her experiences. I
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