South Australia’s houses of shame
12 May 2005
To: Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, AC, CVO, MBE Governor of South Australia and over the State of South Australia and its Dependencies in the Commonwealth of Australia.
May it please Your Excellency:
Pursuant to the appointment of me, Edward Picton Mullighan Q.C., to constitute the Commission of Inquiry established by the Commission of Inquiry (Children in State Care) Act 2004, pursuant to section 4(2) of the Act, I have the honour to present my report pursuant to section 11 of the Act which report is contained in the whole of the succeeding pages bound in this volume.
This report is an interim report on the progress of the Inquiry provided pursuant to section 11(2) of the Act as I am given to understand that you will shortly allow an extension of time for the completion of the Inquiry.
E.P. Mullighan Q.C.
Bedford Park Boys Training Centre.
Brookway Park Boys Reformatory.
Convent of the Good Shepherd “The Pines”.
Davenport House Youth Centre.
Eden Park Salvation Army Boys Home.
Enfield Community Unit.
Glandore Boys Home.
Kumanka Boys Hostel.
Lentara Children’s Home.
Lochiel Park Boys Training Centre.
McNally Training Centre.
Morialta Protestant Children’s Home.
Oodnadatta Children’s Home.
Sacred Heart Orphanage.
Saint Joseph’s Orphanage.
Seaforth Children’s Home.
South Australian Youth Remand and Assessment Centre.
Southern Region Group Home.
Struan Farm School.
Stuart House Boys Hostel.
St John’s Boys Town.
St Vincent de Paul Orphanage.
United Aborigines Mission.
Vaughan House (pictured)
Windana Remand Home.
All these homes were mentioned in Mullighan’s interim report as being places where abuses occurred.
Gerry Feltus is on record as saying that in the late forties early fifties South Australia and Adelaide in particular was full of spies. Going by the list of homes above and the number of men and women responsible for the abuses, it would appear that paedophiles outnumbered them by far.
The pic above is of the Somerton Crippled Children’s Home. The Somerton Man’s body was found across the road, deliberately placed, head propped against the rock wall seen in the background.