St Joseph’s Home, Surrey Hills
Provider: Sisters of St Joseph
Year Opened: 1890
Year Closed: 1981
For further information about this Home, please refer to: A Piece of the Story.
Photo courtesy of McKillop Family Services.
CLAN Homes – Orphanages Gallery
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CLAN Museum Gallery
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CLAN library books where this Home is mentioned include:
The moving autobiography of a boy abandoned to Christian Sisters and Brothers to nurture and raise, and the ensuing struggle to find his place in the world. It is a boys journey through the loneliness and fear, joy and love, despair and abuse of a childhood that would affect him most of his life. It is a mans journey of triumph and tragedy through family reunification, World War II, career, charity, Faith, friendship, illness, marriage, children and grief.
As a child Roy McFadyen was placed in Melbourne orphanages by his parents and at 15 in the middle of the Great Depression had to learn to support himself. Swept up by WWII into aircraft maintenance he went on to own a highly respected aircraft maintenance company and his life story provides a slice of Australian social history.