Buried Secrets

By Cameron Lucadou-Wells

November 25, 2009 / knowxjournal.com.au

POLICE have begun an investigation into claims that wards of state were bashed to death and then secretly buried at the former Bayswater Boys Home in the 1950s.

Rod Braybon, 65, of Garfield, was interviewed by Victoria Police homicide squad detectives last Thursday over his claims.

As well as suffering sexual, physical and mental abuse during his stay, he says he knew of three boys "that weren't seen again".

Since media reports earlier this month, he has received several new claims by email that children were secretly buried at Sugarloaf Hill behind the home.

One of the claimants was the daughter of a Salvation Army officer who worked at the home.

On top of the police investigation, Mr Braybon has called for a formal state inquiry into an estimated 700 deaths of children in state care in Victoria in 1928-1970.

Jo Jones, who is conducting preliminary research with University of Sydney's Richard Hill into the deaths of children in out-of-home care, said the claims were not confined to Bayswater Boys Home.

She said about 700 wards of state died in Victoria between 1928-1970 and at least 50 deaths were not adequately explained or were suspicious.

"At present all 'evidence' I have in my possession is anecdotal and second-hand with the exception of Rod Braybon's. I am prepared to hand over any information I have if that is going to be of benefit to anyone contemplating further investigation."

A Victoria Police statement confirmed the interview with Mr Braybon.

"Investigative and resourcing decisions will be made depending on the nature of the allegations made."

Mr Braybon said that as a 12-year-old at the home he was raped by a staff member. He said he reported the abuse the next morning to an officer, who flogged him with a tomato stake and put him in isolation for 48 hours.

He saw children as young as six endure rapes and beatings, he said.

"There was one who was flogged in the shower block for wetting the bed."

The pain felt by wards of state was in stark view at last Monday's formal apologies by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull.

"I thought [the leaders] did a brilliant job," Mr Braybon said. "I just hope they live up to their promise for housing and accommodation for anyone in care."

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And how many were targeted for rampant abuse...

...because they were nonwhite, Black, First Nations, poor white, perceived-gay, tagged as mentally disabled or any combination of the above?

Let  me guess -- the above is "angry rant", not questions to be asked, since we all know Canada/white settler nation is the nicest planet on earth.

The perfect excuse

I was in my early thirties when I first heard the term "Children's Home".

Early contacts from the UK told me about these places.... they told me their own personal experiences.

Some actually loved these homes and the caretakers, too.  In their mind, The Home was the best part of their lives.  The homes were large and comfortable, on very large grounds; they had friends and attended school, and above all else, they knew living in these manor-estates was much much safer than living at home.

Others hated these places.  Loneliness was a big issue, but the biggest, most common, complaint was simple:  there was too much of an extreme use of punishment and too many various forms of unchecked abuse.

Funny thing about an all-white children's society.... one could look and act perfectly "normal", ("just like the others"), but still have one fatal flaw.  One could be from the wrong region and have parents who were the "wrong religion".

Heaven help the poor bastard child born with wrong, bad blood.

Being "different" has always been an excellent excuse to abuse... and kill.  One does not have to be gay, colored, or with an obvious defect to know (or experience) that age-old rule.

 

Same old perps...

...same old murderous, venal, abusive behavior, same old result: damaged, wounded people who made the grave error of somehow ending up in these people's environment.

Being "different" has always been an excellent excuse to abuse... and kill.  One does not have to be gay, colored, or with an obvious defect to know (or experience) that age-old rule.

Nobody uses "colored" anymore except the NAACP, and that is strictly for historical reasons. The same old perps/white entitlement/white settler mentality will crush anyone different from them, caveat being the more different (or so perceived), the more targeted one is.

Even in the nicest country on earth! Whod'a thought!

Shades of black and white, and seeing red

I had to laugh at the suggestion that no one uses the word "coloreds" any more.   I guess more and more my age is showing.

Growing-up, I remember my Adad telling me a person is colored if the skin pigment was darker/different than his own.  Of course my dad had naturally dark skin, and I swore he could get tan simply by putting his face to a sunny window, so the color issue got very confusing to me.  As I got older, and started to date, his point became very clear and transparent: I was not to bring home anyone colored... meaning no black, Asian, Mexican/Hispanic, Mid-eastern or Indian friends for me.  I was never to birth a half-breed, so Jews were off-limit, too.  Oddly and funny enough, my Amother's parents didn't want any WOPs in their family and my Adad's mother added ultra white Irish people to her list.  My best bet was to find myself someone Catholic , one who had a single-family house of his own.  [Needless to say, a well-paid professional was preferred.]  As far as the next-generation of unaccepting, intolerant and not-at-all-color-blind people go, my brother and his friends got very creative within their own group.  They used code-words and gave very interesting code-names to anyone that caught their attention.  It used to make me laugh.... for someone who could never write an essay by himself for school, he sure knew how to put descriptive words together and create a very prolific, colorful description for his friends. 

So yes, maybe the word "colored" is archaic and used only by the NCAA for historical purposes, but in my house, the term was never limited to a single race of people.  All a person had to be was "not one of them"... that was reason enough to be targeted and attacked.... especially behind someone's back.

Knowing that's how it was, I learned not to bring certain friends home.  Doing so would bring too much grief.

BTW, I used to think color-picking was something only white people did, but when I started going to public school, I got all sorts of new life-lessons.  My first best-friend in school was a girl who had a black father and a white mother.  The white kids didn't bother with her so much... but this one group of black kids.... they were cruel, especially when no grown-ups were around.  <laughing>  Stupid me... I had no idea how much my friend was hurting... I thought being called an Oreo was a good thing!  

In any case, the original post/article has to do with child migration between UK and Australia.  Unwanted poor children were shipped away (cleaning the streets) and much wanted white children were sent to help populate a new region of land.  Both sides were happy to serve one another, and yet few really cared about what really happened to those poverty-struck children, sent far far away in the name of "God's mission".  Although many of those children were told they were going to be given better living conditions.... a nice place to live and a chance at an education... something that could not be provided at "home", many were neglected, abused, and killed in a new home because they were a different stock, a different class of people.

A promised Heaven-on-earth became life in a darker hell.

Different class = different treatment, and this is seen time and time again, especially within child placement services.

NAACP, not NCAA

So yes, maybe the word "colored" is archaic and used only by the NCAA for historical purposes, but in my house, the term was never limited to a single race of people.  All a person had to be was "not one of them"... that was reason enough to be targeted and attacked.... especially behind someone's back.

This is why we choose our own names for ourselves, with the less important, secondary effect of keeping nonblacks on their toes . Then they cry "political correctness" because the nomenclature is always changing. I think it's funny.

TMK, you and I are about the same age. Stories like what you told are why my parents were very careful/overprotective to the point of smothering re: which homes I was permitted to play in, even if said people were so benevolent as to "allow" me over there. It's certainly not like we're beating down the door to play with the children of bigots, or the types who try to bring us over as some kind of rebellious act. Usually there are reasons of personal safety involved. We've been dealing with this shit for generations, it's not new to us.

BTW, I used to think color-picking was something only white people did, but when I started going to public school, I got all sorts of new life-lessons.  My first best-friend in school was a girl who had a black father and a white mother.  The white kids didn't bother with her so much... but this one group of black kids.... they were cruel, especially when no grown-ups were around.  <laughing>  Stupid me... I had no idea how much my friend was hurting... I thought being called an Oreo was a good thing!

Lol trust me on this: one need not be "half black/white" to be labeled "oreo"; for all I know I could have a so-called black father/white mother. At least your friend had the courtesy of knowing. Or at least being told. lol

Better "oreo" than the crap white-bigot asswipes still heap on us, and each other, to this day. Backed up with extreme violence. No need to go into those. Namecalling or no, the UK and white-settler country Australia is no different.

Different class = different treatment, and this is seen time and time again, especially within child placement services.

Isn't it, though. http://www.thewhitehouseboys.com/

The White House videos and photos shown on this site, was a punishment building where boys from 9-16 years old were brutally whipped with a 3-4 inch wide by two and a half foot long leather strap with a sheet metal insert. Thirty to fifty lashes for general infractions, one hundred lashes for running away. There was a facility for black boys across the street. Whatever happened to the white population was nothing compared to what the blacks suffered, up to two hundred lashes, possibly murder.

The Florida State Reform School, currently being called the Authur G. Dozier School for Boys, established by the State of Florida's lawmakers, has been hiding a horrific secret for over half a century.

The school, which was built in 1897, was intended to be a place where adolescent boys, some as young as 8 years old, could be separated from the prison system, and the evils of adult criminals, and could receive the education and mental support they needed as young men. It was established in order to provide young offenders a place where they could grow and learn, and in that way, be reformed enough to be contributing members of society. Instead, it became a "new kind of hell" which destroyed many lives.

Happy Black History month to all.

[giggle]

woops, my bad! 

Never was good at remembering names and abbreviations.

In the past I used to confuse NAACP with ASPCA... like I was some sort of dyslexic.  At least this time I remembered to include the "N".

 

That's ok

I often say "August" when I mean "April" and vice-versa.

re: Buried Secrets

Being a parent is very hard. I think we've all heard people joke that a person should be qualified before they're allowed to have children, and this nut job Joshua Tabor personifies the argument for that – the guy in the "father waterboards daughter" story. Waterboarding is unequivocally torture; there really isn't any debate over that.  When it comes to the enemy, that is one thing, although information extracted with torture isn't entirely reliable, but waterboarding a 4 year old for not saying the alphabet? This guy is going to need some payday loans at least to afford a good lawyer.

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