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Outside the gates
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'?
'I've longed to belong to a family ...'
The poem recalls Rachael's experiences at the Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Plympton, South Australia, in the 1960s.
Recorded in 2010 by the National Museum of Australia
Duration: 2 minutes, 20 seconds
Main image: Johnny's suitcase. Lana Syed collection, National Museum of Australia. Photo: Katie Shanahan.