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

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781920731663
Author(s): Joanna Penglase
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Publisher: Fremantle Arts Centre Press
Dimensions: 127 x 196 x 28 (w x l x h)
Pages: 384

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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.In Orphans of the Living, drawing from 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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