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I’ve longed to belong to a family ...

Some children lived all their childhood in the homes. Others only spent some of their childhood there.

However, when children reached the age at which the state was no longer responsible for them, they were obliged to leave the home. It may have been the only one they knew.

What was it like for those socialised differently from the majority of the community to make a life ‘outside’?

Life in Bloom ‘Smilebox’ 06:08

This Life in Bloom ‘Smilebox’ was created by Janice Konstantinidis in spring 2011, about her garden in California, America. Janice spent almost 4 years in the 1960s at Mount St Canice in Hobart, Tasmania, where the Sisters of the Good Shepherd ran a laundry. View transcript

A severed life

This poem recalls Rachael Romero’s experiences at the Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Plympton, South Australia, in the 1960s.
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Presenters: Rachael Romero
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