Corelli Babies’ Home
325 Marrickville Rd
Provider: NSW Government
Year Opened: 1944
Year Closed: 1970
Corelli Babies’ Home was a Child Welfare Department nursing home for 20 toddlers. Previously, it had been a Child Welfare Department home for unmarried mothers. By 1955 most children sent to Corelli were disabled.
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Journey of Hope is the inspiring story of Dr J. Michael Davey. Fostered as a baby and placed in four state-run institutions, Michael experienced significant abuse. Kidnapped by his father, he eventually came home only to discover his mother was a violent and crazed schizophrenic who hated him.
At the hands of his deranged mother Michael was beaten mercilessly. To escape her violence and neglect, Michael left home to join the Royal Australian Navy when he was just 15 years old. As a child, everyday was a struggle, but Michael fought against the overwhelming odds. Showing extraordinary determination and raw courage he managed to survive the horrors of his early years.
Eventually rising above it all, Michael went on to university where he was the recipient of both PhD and prestigious Medicine scholarships. Journey with Michael from heartache to happiness, from tragedy to triumph. Smile at his clowning and mischievous antics and be inspired by the inimitable way he survived an obliterated and lost childhood.