2 responses to “Forgotten because you’re not seen”

  1. hello Trishi, you are not much younger than me by the sound of it and like me at the younger end of the age group of former Forgotten Australians. I have just read what you went through in your childhood and when you say, ”Their way of dealing with us kids back then” sounds so like how l would say it. l have read in the media that children were still used for guinea pigs for vaccines as late as the 1970′s and the Senate inquiry says this too from what l’ve read. I can’t think of anything else that l can remember about Allambie so l cannot say if l did or didn’t cop anything there that you went through. When l was about 19 l went to Allambie, l wanted to see what it looked like (l was told it was bulldozed sometime after that, that it was condemmed in the late 1980′s). When l was a child it seemed like such a far away place and none of my family lived in Melbourne. It’s a very lonely feeling and you’re right, the Government didn’t nuture children and they didn’t understand that. I hope things are working out better in this part of your life and that your brothers are ok, that you all get along ok (it wrecks a lot of families l reckon) and l hope you find the answers to the questions you have. What happened to you shows that abuse and neglect was still happening in the 1970′s and l’m glad you replied to my story. thanks

  2. Hi -I too spent some time in allambie with my 2 younger brothers. I was 4 and they were youger than me. Some of the things you said about the place really hit home, especially about not being able to see your brother as he was ina different part….i used to sneak out at night and try see them..always in trouble. When we did get to play togeher we were on leads all the time..i hated that place.I actually moved into a foster home on my fifth birthday exactly…great present!!! My first foster parents were a couple that had been working at allambie and had decided to take on fostering…says a lot.


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