Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Remembering the Tamworth Boys Home

The Tamworth Boys Home was opened in 1947. On 16 DecembeBoys line up at Endeavour House in Tamworth.r, the ABC's 7.30 report carried a story (video and transcript here) on the horrors of the place.

That same day, ABC news carried a further story with a little more detail. The photo is from that story. Back in 1999, Submission - Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care, outlined the experience of another inmate at the institution. You will find the archival records for the Home here.

It's just a small snippet of New England's history, but one that I thought that I should record.

I have the strong impression that the Second World War period saw a distinct harshening in aspects of Australian life. However, that's something that I will explore further on the New England history blog

8 comments:

melvin hughes said...

I was sent there twice,once for 6 months the second for 7 months absolutely horrific what I went through,absolutely ruined my life,I still suffer to this day.

Jim Belshaw said...

I'm really to sorry to hear that. Melvin.

Dingo said...

Tied up with a stocking on the train to Tamworth 6 am on your way to your first reception sign on the wall said NO TALKING you where asked to read the sign if you did you talked if you did not read the sign you disobey that's when you realised the screws were worse than the inmates often wondered if these people had sons of their own 7months of hell ruined my life at 62 years old I still cannot forgive any of them

Jim Belshaw said...

I'm sorry for the delay in responding, Digo. That's another sad story

Jim Belshaw said...

Dingo, sorry. Just to quick

Dingo said...

Jim thanks for creating this blog it's an outlet for myself and anyone else that went through that hole before 1976 this is not reflection on Tamworth or the New England area as I know it's full of wonderful caring people I have always looked for answers when your life begins in poverty and alcoholism it leads to government care and police harassment witch then leads to violence and hate in saying that it was my behaviour that landed me in the Tamworth boys institiuon all I learnt there was how to take a flogging People will never understand what real fear is waiting for daily brutalism government sanctioned cruelty Someone Somewhere knew and allowed this ! DINGO

brad sohier said...

Hello I'm another surviver of that barbaric shit we all went through.There was no special treatment for anyone at what you would call nothing short of criminal treatment; we were subjected to from the day you got there until you left with that hate bitterness and the rest of the mental torture we were all put through. Appart from the mental trauma its the physical scars I still suffer from. As anyone who was there they would recall the sadistic games of football on a concrete; where you had to tackle each other and wait for the screws to say play the ball after they got there satisfaction at watching us attack each other.After one such game I broke my leg' when I complained and limped on this fractured fucking leg I was still put through the 5.30am run jump push ups 100 at a time if I recall for the next 2 weeks until the doctor turned up.He took 30 seconds and came up with the usual shit and called me a malingra and threatened me with a flogging.Great! now I'm sweet to do more fucking damage to the leg and suffer every step for another 3 weeks.again I go to this imposter and complain about my leg; He finally sends me across the road to the hospital for an xray and guess what I had a fractured fucking leg;The best was to come I was told by the hosp it was to late to do any thing as it had knitted.To this day I still have the bruse to prove it there gain in all this? SADISM nothing short of anyway ill leave it there or ill end up writing a book of horrors.To all the other men who are still alive your not alone with those nightmares keep strong!!!

Jim Belshaw said...

This is an open blog, Dingo, and also to a degree one of record. I didn't construe your remarks as in any way critical of New England people in general.

Your stories make for uncomfortable reading. Brad made me shudder. Comments will remain open to allow other people to comment.