Orphans from the UK were subjected to child labour and horrific abuse by the Christian Brothers

Witness VV told the Royal Commission today in Perth that he arrived at the Bindoon Farm as an orphan from the UK at age 9 in 1954 and left when he was 16. He had planted and harvested his own crop by the time he was 10. His education was virtually non-existent at the farm run by the Christian Brothers. He was sexually and physically abused by seven Brothers and a Benedictine priest. He left Bindoon to fend for himself in low paid work for the rest of his life. The farming land promised to all the boys by the Brothers never eventuated. He received a small payout in 2009 and was told there was no more money.

About Peter Kelso


I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.


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