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Out of Darkness

Written by Ivor Knight


The second youngest of ten children, Ivor Knight remembers little home life. By the time he was two his mother was dead; at five he was a Ward of the State. Forcibly separated from his family, his childhood and adolescence were filled with years of physical and emotional abuse. Simply yet powerfully told, Ivor’s story recreates the experience of growing up with the Christian Brothers. His survival against the odds stands as a testament to his formidable strength of character and indomitable spirit.

ISBN 9781863682077 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Pages 192
Publication Year 1998
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Ivor knight

    Ivor Knight

    Ivor Knight, born in 1934 in Perth, was declared a ‘neglected child’ in 1938 and placed in the custody of the Christian Brothers. He survived the Castledare, Clontarf and Tardun orphanages, being expelled in 1949. He worked on sheep and cattle stations, with a short stint in the navy, until he married in 1962. In 1968, he joined the Western Australian Prison Service and rose through the ranks to Superintendent. He was in charge of the prisons at Roebourne, Fremantle and Greenough. He took early retirement in 1991. Ivor holds senior positions in a number of organisations, and is a Justice of the Peace at Midland. Read more