6 responses to “Don’t let this happen to the kids in the homes now”

  1. Sorry,I was there from 1959 to 1962/3,so i have not met you.I also was in Warrina and Karingal,as well as leawarra.

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  4. i was tossed in there becos i objected to my baby being stolen from me. it seems various and different institutions like this worked hand in hand…all to feather their own nests of course. so many girls should never have been there.
    there was a girl there in karingal who used to draw horses beautifully.
    there was a lesbian we not allowed to go near and if we tried to be friends she would say go away you arenot allowed to talk to me…you’ll get into trouble…i said i’ll talk to who ever i WANT.
    escaping was fun…
    and i remember the 2 girls who got caught on the barbed wire fence and every morning had to go and get mercurochrome on their bums…
    and thats where i learned to scrub floors. good and proper.
    good old goonya. how could inot fall in love when i see those pics.
    as for a swimming pool. you gotta be kidding we were never allowed to use the pool.
    rock and roll music in the rec room or tv was on for a while but stopped when there was a mass escape after the screw got locked in the rec room on warina.
    i remember two girls telling me they were there becos there mothers didnt want them,. they were only 10 i think and shold never have been there under age. similarly rosie should never have been there as she was 21 but it was said she had syphillis was dying and couldnt be sent to fairlee.
    then there were those odd ones who went on to use and abuse other people in life and who still need to be held accountable…the wheel turns. dirt comes out in the wash.
    they might have pulled the evidence (winlaton) down but some of us are still around to testify.

  5. You were there 6 or 7 years after my time.Winlaton had only been open for 3 years when I was placed there,and Goonyah was the remand centre for all girls who first entered Winlaton,sentenced or remanded. I am told by girls and staff a lot of things changed in those few years,such as Winberra for remand girls,the swimming pool,that we were sent to Monbulk to pick fruit to help pay for it to be built.We had to earn our way to Warrina and Karingal,and then to Leawarra for some,(like myself) who had nowhere else to go.Such as family.When I was finely down in Warrina,we were made to go to school,and later to work in the the sewing room or kitchen,laundry and other jobs that were seen fit by the authorities.Music was only aloud on weekends and that was only for those who were deemed to have behaved themselves. I can remember 6oclock rock . We were also made to go to ballet lessons once a week. Miss D in charge and Mrs S was her deputy dog when i was there and they were very strict.I could go on,you are the only girl I know who has not had a bad time in Winlaton,so you were very lucky.

  6. I knew about gonyah I was in Karingal and we were sared of you.

    I was there in 1968 or maybe 1969 I left there and never returned.

    We had a better time of it not locked up music in the rec room etc.

    Why were we so frightened by Goonyah – bad stories coming out and secutity having to come in. I could walk to the dentist across the road went to school and had weekend visits. WHAT MADE YOU DIFFERENT TO ME?

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