Introducing Samilya Bjelic – the mysterious Ms Forgotten Australian

Eight long, long years ago we started writing Not Forgotten: They called me Number 10 at Neerkol orphanage.   Now I can reveal that Not Forgotten is the biography of  Samilya Bjelic, who is referred to in past posts as Ms Forgotten Australian. We had to do this as there were current legal matters which meant we could not disclose her identity. We were silenced for two years. I swore and ranted against this suppression, yet the legal team assured me it was in Samilya’s best interest.  For the first time, I felt my voice silenced by the Catholic church, for Samilya it was a repeat experience. Endured multiple times throughout her life.

Yet now here we are, free from legal constraints and tantalisingly close to having the book in our hands. This week, Covid-19 lockdowns permitting, Samilya and I will pick up our first copies.

So let me introduce you to Samilya Bjelic. She is an extraordinary woman who has endured more than most in her lifetime. She is a Forgotten Australian, volunteer, activist, mother, grandmother, friend.  You will only really know and understand why she is my hero after you read Not Forgotten: They called me Number 10 at Neerkol Orphanage.

You can read more about Samilya on our page Samilya Bjelic – Forgotten Australian.

Book Release

Stay posted, Not Forgotten: They called me Number 10 at Neerkol orphanage will soon be released!

Samilya and I are so excited to finally be able to share this with you. It’s been a long and difficult journey but we’ve shared some tea and laughs along the way.

Samilya Bjelic and Anne Moorhouse sharing tea on couch



3 thoughts on “Introducing Samilya Bjelic – the mysterious Ms Forgotten Australian

  1. Peyton Blake 08/08/2021 / 3:25 pm

    I can’t wait to read it! Such a beautiful photo of you both at the bottom as well! You both shoyld be very proud of all you have achieved, not only in this journey together, but in your own ways also.

  2. Anonymous 11/08/2021 / 10:44 pm

    Sam so happy to finally be able to publish your Book. I know how long you have waited. Id love to read it when you get it published Good on you Marg Bigallaxx

    • Anne 27/08/2021 / 9:58 am

      Hi Marg, I showed Sam your comment, and she is thrilled. The book is now up on the website and we have a launch coming up on 2nd September. Sam has copies of the book if you want to get one from her.

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