Gosford Training School
Year Opened: 1923
Year Closed: 1945
Gosford Training School was the new name given to the Gosford Farm Home for Boys in 1923. It was an industrial school for boys aged 13 to 18 who committed ‘serious offences’ or had been deemed ‘unsuitable for training under the conditions of the Mittagong Farm Home’. It was run by the Child Welfare Department.
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Poetry, prose and photographs are combined to make up this autobiography of the author’s childhood in Sydney and on the Hawkesbury River.
Robert Adamson tells the story of his childhood and early adulthood in fifties and sixties Australia – a world of milkbars, the bottle-O, fishing and V8s. A childhood in Neutral Bay and on the Hawkesbury nurtures his love of wildlife, which drives him to act on instinct, beginning with the spectacular theft of an exotic bird from Taronga Park Zoo. He then spends much of his adolescence in and out of boys’ homes and later prisons. In between stints inside he works as a pastry cook and becomes besotted with the sultry, dark-haired Carol. Together they take off on a wild road trip to Queensland – a journey that could only ever have one ending. But prison has its own destiny for young Robert. It introduces this sensitive, responsive young man to the debating society, to books, and to a love affair with words. It sets alight Adamson’s imagination and fosters his dream of becoming a writer. Inside Out is so much more than a memoir, it brims with life as Adamson unsentimentally re-creates his past experiences, no matter how dark or painful, with astonishing generosity and sympathy.