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Valda Hogan talks about her childhood, poverty and family background; Broadmeadows Babies' Home; Good Shepherd Convent, Abbotsford; Marillac House; her brother, George Newman; Care Leavers' Australia Network (CLAN); Broken Rites; talk-back radio, 3AW; counselling support; Sister Rosemary Duck; Steven Bracks' apology to Victorian wards of the state; Kevin Rudd's apology to Forgotten Australians; seeking assistance with compensation; physical abuse; her personal records; a reunion at the closure of Good Shepherd Convent; the Infirmary, dental health, medical treatments, valium; Wayne Chamley; sexual abuse; Mont Park psychiatric hospital; Fairlea Women's Prison; her mother's visits to her in the Home, nuns comments; advocacy work; experiences of stigmatisation; learning to read and write; inaccuracies in her records.
Hogan discusses her first marriage and divorce; domestic violence; her four children; her remarriage; the Catholic Church's response to the abuse of children; her limited employment opportunities and employment history; how her brother and other boys were treated in care; her letter writing campaign; her husband's support for her advocacy work; unpaid work when she was a child; emotional abuse; meals; clothing, hessian bags; friendships; protesting on the steps of Parliament House; Lobbying Premier John Brumby; hospital records and medical treatments; the day of the apology at Parliament House, flying to Canberra, the respect shown; her contributions to talk-back radio; keeping her promise to her mother and brother.
4 sound files (ca. 188 min.)
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11 January 2023
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