Barry Wilson Waited Half A Century For His Chance At Justice. 5 Days Before He Died He Got That Chance

After 50 years of torment, suppressing a secret of terrifying proportions, Barry Wilson finally got the chance to tell his story of the abuse he suffered at the hands of the Christian Brothers at St Augustine’s Orphanage in Highton, Geelong.

On his deathbed at Kerang Hospital, Barry summoned every ounce of fight he had left to deliver evidence and record a statement for the Royal Commission. He celebrated with a fist pump beside his brother and sister-in-law. Five days later he passed on, with a sense of unsurpassed freedom.

The ABC’s Alyssa Allen shares Barry’s incredibly emotional story.


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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