Parramatta Girls’ Industrial School
1 Fleet Street
Year Opened: 1887
Year Closed: 1912
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For thirteen years she travelled around New South Wales with her family, experiencing an itinerant lifestyle that was hard but mainly happy as they worked at any job available, from picking peas to trapping rabbits. Then suddenly, with the death of her mother, followed by the imprisonment of her father, Ivy’s world fell apart. The family was broken up and Ivy was incarcerated for years in the infamous Parramatta Girls’ home, becoming one of the 500,000 ‘forgotten Australians’ who were institutionalised, neglected, abused and forgotten during the 20th century.