Child migrant talks of suspicious deaths at WA’s Bindoon Farm school

WA Today

April 29, 2014

Aleisha Orr
Reporter, WA Today

The fifth witness to give evidence at the Perth hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse told of not only physical and sexual abuse but the suspicious deaths of two children at Bindoon Farm School while he was there in the 1960s.

Clifford Walsh arrived as a child migrant from the United Kingdom in Australia at the age of nine.
He recalled the deaths of Brian Duncan and another boy, Tony Sullivan amid stories of physical and sexual abuse of the children in care who he said were put to work rather than given education.

Mr Walsh said he had been told Tony Sullivan died after he had been sliding down a concrete bannister.

“I remember another boy saying Tony had just come out of one of the brothers rooms and was upset and disoriented when he fell over the bannister.”

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