Book Launch!! Not Forgotten: They called me Number 10 at Neerkol Orphanage

Just released

In 1954, two-year-old Samilya was abandoned by her migrant parents and placed in St Joseph’s Home, known as Neerkol Orphanage, outside of Rockhampton. After suffering years of insidious abuse at the hands of the Catholic nuns and priests, at age 10, Samilya is returned to her mother’s care where the trauma continued.

Not Forgotten: They called me Number 10 at Neerkol Orphanage, as told to Samilya’s friend, psychologist Anne Moorhouse, lays bare the lifelong effects of horrific childhood abuse and neglect. A psychological overview places Samilya’s trauma in developmental context, and explains Samilya’s mental health diagnosis, dissociative identity disorder.

Samilya is one of 500,000 so-called “Forgotten Australians” who were placed into childhood institutions from 1920–1970. Not Forgotten follows her marathon fight for elusive justice from the 1999 Forde Inquiry through to the 2013 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Each day Samilya fights to survive, to work, to have a home, to be a good partner and a loving mother. All Samilya has ever hoped for is an ordinary life.

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11 thoughts on “Book Launch!! Not Forgotten: They called me Number 10 at Neerkol Orphanage

  1. Marilyn McDowell 02/09/2021 / 10:23 am

    Just bought the kindle version. Congratulations! A long journey for you both. Marilyn McDowell

    • Anne 04/09/2021 / 10:15 am

      Thanks, Marilyn…. how exciting that our words have stretched from here to there. Not the most uplifting introduction to Australia but an important story nonetheless. Hope you and the family are well.

  2. Peyton Blake 02/09/2021 / 10:50 am

    Congratulations to you and Samilya on the release of your book! A long time coming and a story that needs to be heard. Look forward to what lies ahead for you.

    • Anne 04/09/2021 / 10:14 am

      Thanks Peyton

  3. Scott McLennan 06/09/2021 / 7:37 pm

    Wow Anne, 100% will buy! Massive congratulations to you!

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