Witness tells Royal Commission of abuse at St Mary’s Agricultural School in Tardun

Courier Mail


ENTERING a Brother’s room was like entering a lion’s den.

Boys who were “chosen” would often start crying even before they stepped in, acutely aware of what would happen next.

For VG, a young Maltese boy who was sent to Australia in the 1960s to further his education following the death of his father, there was nothing he remembered fearing more in his first few weeks at St Mary’s Agricultural School in Tardun.

“When a brother chose a boy to take to a room, the boy would often start crying,” the man, whose name is suppressed, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses of Child Sex Abuse today.

“At first I thought that the boys were being punished for something that they had done. After that I would often hear the boys say things like ‘No sir, please no sir’.

After about 12 months at Tardun, VG’s worst fears came true.

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