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Orphans of the Living

Written by Joanna Penglase


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In August 2004, Parliamentary senators wept as they presented Forgotten Australians, the report from the Senate Inquiry into the treatment of children in care. Half a million children grew up in ‘care’ in twentieth-century Australia, and most often these children lived with daily brutal physical and emotional abuse in the sterile environment of an institution. Drawing on interviews, submissions to the Senate Inquiry, and her own experience, Joanna Penglase describes for the first time, the experience from the perspective of the survivors. With tenderness, compassion and intellect, Penglase begins to unravel the seemingly inexplicable: how and why did this happen. She looks not only at the profound personal costs to these children, but the huge social and economic costs of these past policies.

ISBN 9781920731663 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories ebooks
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Pages 384
Publication Year 2009
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Joanna Penglase

    Joanna Penglase is the co-founder of Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) the national support and advocacy body for care survivors, which was instrumental in establishing the Senate Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care. In 2007 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her work as an advocate for care survivors, and she continues to work with CLAN as an administrator, researcher and advocate. Previously she had a long career in documentary television as a researcher, writer and interviewer. Read more