Most Viewed Website Posts, 2023

Children of Carrolup with the first superintendent Mr W. J. Freyer. He was forced to resign in 1918 for chaining one of the young girls by her neck to a bed as a punishment.

My colleague John Stanton and I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all the very best for 2024. We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. We would also like to thank you for visiting The Carrolup Story website.

Here are the ten most viewed pages on the website during 2023. The most viewed page was visited 3,556 times during the course of the year.

10. Colonisation  The colonisation of Australia by Europeans had a massive negative impact on a peoples and culture that has existed for over 50,000 years. This post provides links to nine other of my posts relating to the colonisation process in Australia.

9. Six Core Strengths for Healthy Child Development  ‘Each of the core strengths–attachment, self-regulation, affiliation, awareness, tolerance, and respect–is a building block in a child’s development. Together, they provide a strong foundation for his or her future health, happiness, and productivity.’ Bruce Perry

8. On Relationships and Connectedness: Bruce Perry  ‘Yes, I’m very concerned about poverty of relationships in modern society. In our work, we find the best predictor of your current mental health is your current “relational health”, or connectedness.’

7. Helping People Overcome Emotional Distress: The Power Threat Meaning Framework  ‘The Power Threat Meaning Framework can be used as a way of helping people to create more hopeful narratives or stories about their lives and the difficulties they have faced or are still facing, instead of seeing themselves as blameworthy, weak, deficient or ‘mentally ill’.’ Dr. Lucy Johnstone 

6. Racism and Social Darwinism  The latter pseudo-scientific theory purports to explain the existence of ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’ races, the former being able to overrun the latter with greater energy and mental ability. ‘Inferior’ races are unfit and should not be aided in the struggle for existence.

5. The Control of Aboriginal People: 1905 Aborigines Act  No piece of government legislation stirs more negative emotions in Aboriginal people of Western Australia than the 1905 Aborigines Act. The stated aim of this Act was to ‘make provision for the better protection and care of the Aboriginal inhabitants of Western Australia.’

4. ‘My stolen childhood, and a life to rebuild’: Sheila Humphries  The two girls were arrested, handcuffed and taken back to the orphanage. So begins Sheila’s story. She goes on to describe her horrifying experiences in the New Norcia orphanage.

3. Art  A gallery of 30 artworks done by the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup in the late 1940s.

2. The Impact of Colonisation on Aboriginal People  In Australia, the arrival of the British ships at Sydney Cove in 1788 set in motion a series of disasters that propagated trauma upon trauma upon trauma. These disasters impacted upon Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people who had lived on the continent for somewhere between 50 – 70,000 years.

1. Mr Neville: Removing Aboriginal Children From Their Family  In Western Australia we have the power to act to take any [Aboriginal – DC] child from its mother at any stage of its life, no matter whether the mother be legally married or not.

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