Category Archives: Content and Research

Leadership at Loveday

When war came to Australia. The man appointed to run the Loveday Internment Camps was Lieutenant Colonel Dean. As it turned out Edwin Thayer Dean was an inspired choice. He was an experienced and decorated military leader, having served in … Continue reading

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They marched into Loveday

When war came to Australia. From Brisbane it took three days by train for the internees to reach the Riverland District of South Australia. The exact route from Queensland is not clear. According to Max Scholz, long-time resident of Barmera … Continue reading

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A prison without prisoners

When war came to Australia. This series of posts introduces my work in progress, a research-based historical novel due out later this year. Camp 9, the oldest compound in the Loveday Internment Camp complex, was constructed nearly a year before the … Continue reading

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When War Came to Australia

Mea culpa. Yes, it’s been a while since I posted. The exciting news is that I’ve almost finished writing my new novel. Hey, there’s only so much a person can do in one day. I’ve taken a short break from … Continue reading

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When adoption meant forever

If Australia’s forced adoption practices of the 1950s to the 1970s were questionable, what happened around the turn of the twentieth century was utterly mind-blowing. I have just finished reading a meticulously-researched account of so-called adoptions in the 1880s by law professor Annie … Continue reading

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‘Relinquished, Returned, Rejected’ by Jackee Ashwin

A true and very personal story about becoming a mother, losing one baby to forced adoption and another to stillbirth, then years later reconnecting with your adult son and making tough life decisions. Despite the difficult subject matter, Jackee Ashwin … Continue reading

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The other stolen generation: forced adoptions

Address to The Women’s College, University of Queensland by Debbie Terranova, author of Baby Farm, on 10 May 2016. When people talk about ‘the stolen generation’, they usually mean indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and raised to … Continue reading

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