4 responses to “More about Nudgee Orphanage”

  1. Hi Pam,
    Thanks for your query.

    You could try the Aftercare Resource Centre in Queensland.

    Their website is at:
    http://www.aftercareresourcecentre.org.au/arc.asp

  2. Does anyone know if you can obtain actual records of a relative’s time in an orphanage? My father was at St Vincent’s Nudgee from 2 and a half till eleven and a half ( 1911-1921). I have received from the nuns a piece of paper with his name and his parents’ names and also the dates of entry and exit. Is it possible to get more details of their lives? How do you go about it?

  3. To Bruce and to all who suffered at St Vincent’s:

    I went to a Catholic boarding school in England which was owned by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy. I started at the age of four, and no adults were ever so mean, or as cruel, to me as those nuns. But the order also owned orphanages where, as I now know, the abuse and cruelty to small children was far worse.

    When I was older, my parents lived in Nudgee for about a year with no knowledge of what was happening at St Vincent’s Orphanage. But no one would have believed that the Mercy Sisters who, I believe, also owned All Hallows’ would perpetrate such atrocities on innocent children.

    It would appear that Catholic orders regarded the unfortunate children who were placed in orphanages as inferior and easy prey. Shame on the lot of them!

  4. I was at St.Vincents from the mid 70′s to the early 80′s

    For most of my adult life I was made to feel guilty for my time at the home, I did not seem to be grateful enough for all the things they did for me. For a long time I thought I was the problem. I was the bad one.

    Not until I had counseling and was made aware I was a child, I was influenced by those around me, they were in control. Not me. I still have trouble sleeping at night, I still have the dreams and the nightmares. My time “in care” will be with me always. I now have some tools on how to deal with it. Fixed… no… not by a long shot.


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