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WARNING: This exhibition contains confronting and disturbing stories and images, and names and images of deceased people. It may not be suitable for children under 15 years.


These are some of the objects that are in the Inside exhibition. They show the range of stories and experiences of Forgotten Australians.

Blood Sisters, 1984, Rachael Romero. Ink and watercolour on rag paper
Blood Sisters, 2011, Rachael Romero. Ink and watercolour on rag paper. Courtesy of the artist, Rachael Romero.

 

Blood Sisters, 2011, Rachael Romero

 

Me and Lilly did this because we felt we had become sisters in horror. Lilly had been taken from her mother to a mission, then The Pines. She didn't remember where she was from. I didn't want to be from where I remembered.



Rachael Romero
The Pines, Convent of the Good Shepherd, Plympton, South Australia, 1960s

Stuffed bear

A stuffed toy bear with pink fabric on the front and yello-brown fabric on the rear. The bear's nose is black.
Stuffed bear given as a Christmas present to a child in Orana Methodist Home, Melbourne, Victoria 1960s. Soon after it was taken away without explanation. Courtesy Jeanette Blick.
I can remember receiving the teddy one Christmas I did not have a family to go to for the holidays, so I had to remain in Orana Christmas Day, I remember finding the teddy on the bottom of my bed. I did not know where it had come from as it was not wrapped and there was no tag/card on it ... The cottage mother ... said it was for me. She also told me that the prisoners in Pentridge Gaol had made the teddy.

I think I cried most of the day. This was the first gift I had received in years.

In the New Year a family came and took me for the rest of the holidays. I left the teddy on my bed as I was instructed to do (I wanted to take it with me but was not allowed) and when I came back it was gone.

I never saw it again until I opened my suitcase when I arrived ... at my mother's house. Someone must have put it in the case I do not know who had done this or why.

Jeanette Blick
Orana Methodist Home, Burwood, Victoria, 1960s

'My Ireland' apron given to Mary Brownlee by Sr. Judith Kelly, St Joseph's Home, Kincumber, New South Wales, 1969.
'My Ireland' apron given to Mary Brownlee by Sr. Judith Kelly, St Joseph's Home, Kincumber, New South Wales, 1969. Courtesy Mary Brownlee. Photo: Jason McCarthy, National Museum of Australia.

 

 

'My Ireland' apron

 

This apron was given to me by a beautiful light in my life — Sister Judith Kelly. It was one of the most beautiful gifts I've ever had. I used to wear it all the time. I used to call it 'My Ireland'.

Sister Judith was like my mother and my sister. I wish to share this light with all of Australia.

Mary Brownlee, 2011
Mary Brownlee and her siblings, with Sister Judith Kelly, photographed at St Joseph's Home, Kincumber, New South Wales, by Mary's father, 1969.
Mary Brownlee and her siblings, with Sister Judith Kelly, photographed at St Joseph's Home, Kincumber, New South Wales, by Mary's father, 1969. Courtesy Mary Brownlee.