Stanwell Power Company & St Joseph’s Orphanage

Police warn haunted house hunters

Officer-in-charge of Gracemere Police Station Sergeant Ben Holdcroft at the locked gates of the abandoned St Joseph’s Orphanage at Neerkol.

‘’THOSE who dare to venture to the former St Joseph’s Orphanage probably won’t find ghosts, but they will find very real police officers waiting with handcuffs.’’

We find on facebook that not all visitors are thrill seekers but visitors with connections#



Previous residents of St Joseph’s Orphanage

Researching  :When Broken Rites launched its national telephone hotline in September 1993, our first callers included former inmates of a Catholic orphanage (St Joseph’s Home, at Neerkol, near Rockhampton, Queensland). Some of these callers said they were sexually assaulted by Father Reg Durham, who was the “chaplain” at this orphanage from 1965 to 1997. We referred these callers to an appropriate unit of the Queensland Police, and this resulted in Father Reg Durham being jailed in 1999 for child sex crimes.

Sex-abuse: St Joseph’s orphanage, Sisters of Mercy, Neerkol

Search results for ‘subject:”St. Joseph’s Orphanage“‘ – Trove

St Joseph’s Orphanage Neerkol – RootsWeb.com


“Bucasia, the thriving seaside suburb eight miles from Mackay which is named after the pioneer priest Fr Peter Marie Bucas, was the site  of one of the State’s first homes for needy children. Established there in 1874 it was the forerunner of St Joseph’s Home, Neerkol, twenty kilometers west of Rockhampton. Because of certain health problems, the children of Bucasia were relocated to Neerkol.  St Joseph’s Home opened with 75 children from Mackay and 17 from the Townsville orphanage.  Soon there were 103 children in the home
In October 1950, a total of 200 children (including 35 British boys and girls brought to Australia by Bishop Andrew Tynan under the child migration scheme), were residing at the home.”  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~auscqfha/orphan_neerkol.htm

The read the extent of Child Immigration to Australia… and provide cheap child labour you can peruse http://www.naa.gov.au/naaresources/Publications/research_guides/guides/childmig/pages/chapter3/e.htm

BOOKS :  image

Nightmare at Neerkol / by Garnett B. Williams

By Garnet B Williams
Published by Self published in 2004
ISBN 0-646-43779-8

“Garnet Williams was 8 years old when he was removed from his mother’s care and placed with his brothers and sisters in St Joseph’s Orphanage at Neerkol, near Rockhampton.”  Thanks to website:



Alexandra Myers interviewed by Caroline Evans in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project
Myers, Alexandra, 1950-

ges – Queensland – Neerkol.; St. Joseph’s Orphanage (Neerkol, Qld.); Williams, Garnett B.

BLOGS;   http://abuseatneerkol.blogspot.com.au/

Coleen Story:  ‘’My name is Colleen and I grew up in Neerkol orphanage in Rockhampton. I went to the orphanage when I was 11 years of age. We were taken off our parents and charged with being neglected. We were taken to court. The five of us were in court. My grandfather went there to try to stop them from taking us, but they wouldn’t give us to him. He went away and he was so upset. He was so sad. He was an old man but he wanted us so badly.’’ 



Posted in Forgotten Australians, Responding to the National Apology | Tagged Neerkol, Queensland,Rockhampton


Ken Talbot He flew so High then down >> Thud

‘’Queensland’s resources sector has honoured one of its greats with the QRC medal awarded to the late Ken Talbot.
The son of a truck driver and self deprecating ‘humble miner’ Mr Talbot became one of Australia’s most innovative coal miners and successful entrepreneurs.
‘As well as his business success, Ken will be best remembered for his big heart and as a generous philanthropist,’ said QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche.
‘This medal recognises his significant contribution to the Queensland resources sector, his innovation and his enormous capacity to share the wealth that he created,’ said Mr Roche.
‘Ken was a strong supporter of QRC’s education initiatives and in the wider world donated significant amounts to arts and education, cultural heritage, and health and lifestyle causes. In 2009, with his wife Amanda he established the Talbot Family Foundation to formalise and significantly increase their philanthropy.
‘Prior to his untimely death in June this year, Ken had amassed more than 36 years’ experience in the coal industry in which he was a pioneer, opening up a whole new market for low volatile coals.
‘A respected member of the QRC Board from 2002 to 2007, Ken was a visionary who is sadly missed, but never forgotten.
The award was announced by outgoing QRC President and CEO of Macarthur Coal Nicole Hollows and was accepted on behalf of the Talbot family by Chairman of the Talbot Group, Mr Don Nissen in the presence of Ken’s wife Mrs Amanda Talbot, son Liam and daughter Courtney.
Previous winners have been Professor Don McKee from the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland; coal industry leader Ian McCauley; and ‘Mr Gladstone’ Cyril Golding, founder of Golding Contractors.
Further information: Caroline Morrissey 0417 770 893
Ken Talbot is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative coal miners and successful entrepreneurs.
The son of a truck driver, he was educated at Mitchelton High prior to joining BHP as a cadet Industrial Chemist in1968, Ken was subsequently accepted as a cadet mining engineer in 1971. Prior to his untimely death in June this year Ken had amassed more than 36 years experience in coal industry. This involvement included the development of five coal mines, including two as owner. He was a member of the consortium that established the Jellinbah East Mine in 1988, becoming the youngest Managing Director in the Australian coal industry at that time.
As one of Queensland’s most respected business operators, Ken built his reputation and his business, on leading by example and surrounding himself with people who shared his drive and his commitment to ethical entrepreneurship.
This visionary business operator did not measure his success merely in terms of awards or assets, Ken was very proud of his humble roots and the family values instilled in him from an early age. He was a fiercely proud Queenslander who earned the respect of his peers and the wider community through his commitment to hard work, exemplary business practices and highly accountable leadership. He was a man who believed in doing business with a handshake and in sharing his success with those around him and those in need.
Ken was a most generous philanthropist whose major focus had been on education and development of Australia’s youth. Ken has privately donated significant amounts to the arts and education, cultural heritage, health and lifestyles as well as many more charities.
In June 2009, Ken and his wife Amanda established the Talbot Family Foundation, which formalised their philanthropy and significantly increased their commitment to making a difference in the lives of as many people in their communities as possible.
26 August 1950 – 19 June 2010
Family: Wife Amanda and four children – Liam, Courtney, Alexandra and Claudia
Harvard Business School, USA
Owner/Presidents Management Program
This course was completed over a three-year period.
Mine Managers Certificate of Competency, QLD
Underground and open-cut mines
Mine Managers Certificate of Competency. NSW
Underground and open-cut mines
Securities Institute of Australia
Diploma – Investment
This course was completed on a three-year part time basis
University of New South Wales, NSW
M.E. (Mining)
This course was completed on a six-year external basis
University of New South Wales, NSW
B.E. (Mining)
This course was completed on a five-year part time and 1.5 year full-time basis
Mitchelton State High School, QLD
Senior Certificate
Trustee for the General Douglas Macarthur Trust
Director for the Queensland Mining Council
Fellow A.I.C.D. (Australian Institute of Company Director)
Fellow Ausl.M.M. (AUStl-alasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy)
Australian Mine Managers Association
Diggers and Dealers Industry Awards- Dealer of the Year Award
Ernst & Young 2006 Champion of Entrepreneurship Award
Australian Export Heroes Award 2006
In recognition for an extraordinary contribution to the growth and development of Australian Exports, presented by the Australian Institme of Export.
Recipient of Centenary Medal
Received for distinguished services within the mining industry
Ken’s reputation for innovation in coal mining was forged during his time as the CEO of Queensland Coal Mine Management and Advanced Queensland Resources & Mining Pty Ltd (1988-1995). Under his stewardship, the company delivered its first coal shipment just seven months after the Authority to Prospect was granted and less than three months after the mining lease was approved: the quickest development timetable in Queensland during the 1980s.
It was also during these years that Ken pioneered the market for low volatile coals. Consequently, the mine achieved the highest productivity of any coal mine in the black coal industry of Australia, achieving approximately four times the average productivity for open cut coal mines in Queensland.
A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Director of the Queensland Mining Council until retiring in November 2007, Ken was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Macarthur Coal since it was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 200 I until December 2006.
Appointed as Director in September 2007, contributing with knowledge and proven success in the carbon steel materials business both as a mine developer and an operator.
TALBOT GROUP, QLD 2007 – 2010
The Talbot Group is a private investment group that was formed in the early J 990’5 and is 100% owned by Ken Talbot and invests in the resources sectors, property, and contributors to Arts and Education, Cultural Heritage, Health and life style communities as well as many charities.
Chief Executive   (share holder –  Bluff based & drank at hotel)

General Manager
Chief Mining Engineer
Project Manager/Mine Manager
Mining Engineer/under manager

Coal_seam_Gas, enviroment, Export Energy, power, United Kingdom & Europe, unsolved, water

Australian coal exported from Central Qld

Tuesday, 26 June 2012   North Sea Gas Leak On March 25, 2012, crewmembers on the French oil company Total’s Elgin drilling platform noticed that something was amiss. One of the wells at the site had been plugged in 2011, but for unknown reasons natural gas had begun to spew out of the wellhead. Soon, about 200,000 cubic meters (7 million cubic feet) of gas was escaping into the North Sea, about 150 miles off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland, on a daily basis.1 The platform was quickly enveloped in a cloud of natural gas, causing the 300-plus workers aboard the platform to evacuate, and additional nearby platforms to evacuate or temporarily shut down operations.2 According to a Total spokesperson, the six-mile sheen of oil in the ocean surrounding the platform “will evaporate,” and is not believed to be “a major threat to the environment.”3As the company begins to get the leak under control, environmentalists are keeping a close watch on the North Sea ecosystems to monitor any possible environmental consequences of the spill.


What Happened?
Although the cause of the Total gas leak has not yet been discovered, it is believed that natural gas entered the casing of a plugged well from another, non-producing reservoir four kilometers underground. Natural gas then travelled up the well pipe to the surface, where it began to leak out.
The most immediate concern following the discovery of the leak was to evacuate the platform and any surrounding operations. The gas plume surrounding the platform was a serious danger. Officials were worried that if the flammable plume found a source of ignition, there would be an explosion and fire. A shipping exclusion zone was instituted two miles around the platform, and three miles around for aircraft. A flare burning 75 feet above the platform made it unapproachable until the flare finally extinguished itself about a week after the leak was initially discovered.5


With the flare out, Total was able to send in a few crewmembers to assess the situation. The company began two separate remediation operations. A “top fill,” or “mud kill” operation was initiated to plug the leak by pumping in mud.7 As a fail-safe, Total began to drill two relief wells, which are extremely expensive to construct and take up to six months to drill. Relief wells are drilled to intersect an oil or gas well that has experienced a blowout. Specialized liquid, such as dense drilling mud and cement, can then be pumped down the relief well in order to stop the flow from the reservoir in the damaged well.8
By mid-April the gas company’s methods successfully cut the amount of gas streaming from below the platform by two thirds.9As the construction of the relief wells continues, Total should be able to stop the flow of gas completely. At that time the company will determine whether or not to reopen operations at the Elgin site, or to abandon the platform completely.


Environmental Implications
BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2010,11 triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history in the Gulf of New Mexico. Because the Gulf spill is so fresh in everyone’s collective memory, comparisons between the two spills are inevitable.12 However, the representatives from Total are trying to reassure the public that the comparison is unwarranted. The biggest difference between the two events is that the Elgin leak is occurring at the surface, and involves only natural gas (there is no crude oil). “Natural gas typically dissolves in sea water or evaporates at the surface, meaning there isn’t much to clean up as in the case of an oil spill.”13 In addition, the Elgin field is in much shallower seas… [w]ater depth is just 93 meters, compared with more than 1,500 meters for Macondo, making it considerably easier to access the well head at the sea bed.”14 As one professor put it, the Elgin leak is “more of a very dangerous situation rather than a disaster so they may be able to get it back under control with minimal losses.”15
Scottish authorities completed a series of chemical and taste tests on fish in the North Sea near the leaking platforms which yielded no signs of hydrocarbon contamination. The Scottish Environment Secretary thus concluded that the leak had not directly contaminated the marine environment.16 The environmental organization, Greenpeace, has not been as convinced that the gas leak will not cause any negative environmental impacts. In early April, Greenpeace sent a vessel to the North Sea to observe the damage for themselves. “We are here because oil companies often withhold information on accidents,” said Christian Bussau, chief scientist and ocean expert at Greenpeace. “We want to get our own picture of the environmental damage from the scene.” Greenpeace will have to wait until their ship returns to dock in Germany before analyzing any water samples.17 In addition to immediate impacts, John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, reminds us that, “[a]ccording to Total, if the leak continues at its current flow for six months it will amount to nearly 800,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, adding to the burden of greenhouse gases already going into the atmosphere.”18
Looking Forward
Even if the environmental damage caused by the Total natural gas leak is negligible, this event is an important reminder of our dependence on fossil fuels and the dangers that this dependence constantly poses. Britain could be facing as much as a 6 percent cut to gas supplies this summer due to the closure of the Elgin and two neighboring gas fields, National Grid said on Tuesday.19 Perhaps this is a good time to make the best of a bad situation by accelerating the transition to renewable resources .

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1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/mar/31/north-sea-gas-leak-extinguished-total
2 http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h27C-PLsWCBSvOe8DLYuIM

3 Id.
4 http://fuelfix.com/blog/2012/04/20/total-says-elgin-gas-leak-rate-has-dropped/
5 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/mar/31/north-sea-gas-leak-extinguished-total
6 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2125471/Total-gas-leak-Greenpeace-

7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-17656307;
8 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relief_well;
9 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/26/britain-total-leak-idUSL6E8FQDYJ20120426
10 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/

11 http://www.greeniacs.com/GreeniacsArticles/Environmental-News/

12 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/totals-elgin-platform-gas-leak_n_1412210.html
13 http://www.thestreet.com/story/11472620/2/the-science-behind-

14 http://blogs.wsj.com/source/2012/03/27/totals-north-sea-

15 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/totals-elgin-platform-gas-leak_n_1412210.html
16 www.scotsman.com/news/environment/total-gas-leak-kill-operation-

17 http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/02-6
18 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/mar/28/fears-explosion-

19 www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=total-says-gas-leak-cut-to-a-third



Notes on William Witton Builder & Wesley Church Leader

the first church, 1838

The first church

By 1838, there was a Wesleyan society of about 30 people, meeting in a small brick church on the corner of Swanston St & Flinders Lane. They were led by lay preachers, including:
George Lilley, an Irish settler who ran a small shop,
Thomas Watson, a Waterloo veteran who ran a water-carting business, and
William Witton, the first class leader. ( reference Wesley Church History)


William Witton
(1811 – 1886)
“almost perpetual curate”

A Research Manuscript Prepared and Published by Rev Dr Barry T Brown

William Witton was the leading Local Preacher and Class Leader in Melbourne from 1837 and remained a major figure in lay ministry for 50 years.

Mr William Witton was one of the first lay leaders of the Wesleyan Methodist tradition in Melbourne. He was born in London on 12 April 1811. Orphaned at 15, he migrated to Tasmania when he was 18, and was a partner in a furniture business in Launceston by the time he was 21. He attended the Church of England and soon became involved with some Wesleyan Methodists associated with Saint John’s, Launceston. By 1836 he was married, a member of the local Methodist society and an accredited local preacher.

In March 1837 William Witton and his young family moved to the infant township of Melbourne. Here he was a pioneering local preacher, class leader and leading member of the Methodist society. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first permanent Methodist chapel (in Collins Street) and the appointment of the first minister (the Rev. Samuel Wilkinson). With others he assisted in the establishment of Methodist causes at Brighton and Williamstown. He played a key role in establishing the first mission to the aborigines at Buntingdale, near Colac.

In 1844 Witton went to Portland where he engaged in building works (the Gaol and Court House) and also had an overseeing role for the Wesleyan Methodist Church. There being another local preacher at Portland (Thomas Wilkinson),
Witton moved to make Belfast (Port Fairy) his base. He not only exercised pastoral oversight of existing Methodist groups, but played a leading role in establishing new Methodist causes, most notably Warrnambool in 1847. When the first minister was appointed for this region in 1850 (the Rev. William Lightbody), Witton remained in the area engaging in building and farming activities, and providing a key lay leadership role for the church throughout the coastal region – as “almost perpetual curate”.

When Gippsland opened up for settlement in the 1870s, Witton moved to the Warragul area where he helped pioneer a number of congregations, remaining active as a ‘well-seasoned’ local preacher, and also supporting his sons’ business
enterprises. At the Jubilee celebrations of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Melbourne’s Exhibition Building in May 1886, William Witton was recognized as the ‘Father of Methodism in Victoria.’ He died in Warragul on 5th September 1886, and the Local Preachers of Victoria honoured Mr Witton by erecting his gravestone.#


William’s Grandson George is the  now famous  via Breaker Morant ~ you may have seen the Movie..  More can be read at    http://breakermorant.com/blog/?p=199   BLOG.

imageHarry ‘Breaker’ Morant

31 MAY 2012 marked the 110th anniversary of the end of the South African War (Second Anglo-Boer War). The Peace Treaty of Vereeniging was signed on 31 May 1902 between the South African Republic and the Republic of the Orange Free State on one side, and the British Empire on the other. In Australia, the Boer War is often called Australia’s ‘forgotten war’.

Between 1899 and 1902, 16,000 men went from Australia to the Boer War in South Africa, with more than 500 of them dying there. Australians who served also included an unknown number of Aboriginal trackers. Six Australians received the Victoria Cross in South Africa, and many others received other decorations. Though the nation honoured its dead with ceremonies and monuments, the enormity of the following two world wars has overshadowed the legacy of this terrible and bloody conflict. In truth, it was a nasty, bloody affair. Cruelty abounded. British soldiers besieged in Kimberley refused to let Africans have meat or vegetables. Many starved to death or died of scurvy. In Mafeking, Baden-Powell left 2,000 Africans to starve or be shot by the Boers. The Boers flogged and shot Africans caught working for the British and did the same to white army scouts. Some units swore not to take prisoners.’’


Breaker Morant (part 1)

The Full Movie

Breaker Morant (1980) full movie



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Women who missed out in the Education System Queensland

According to Debbie Kilroy, CEO of Sisters Inside 

 ‘’ ‘A great majority of them cannot read or write. Therefore, their support needs are high and complex.’

‘’April 19 2012 Vital Funding Meeting  Prison advocacy group Sisters Inside has asked for an urgent meeting to discuss the State Government’s continued funding for the group to provide services to disadvantaged women inside Townsville Women’s Correctional Centre (TWCC).’’

See More on Sisters inside

Qld Government has axed Funding for a service offering support to some of the state’s most disadvantaged women.

‘’Sisters Inside had relied on $120,000-a-year in state funding to provide counselling and support services to women prisoners at the Townsville Correctional Centre, many of them indigenous.  The outreach service was set up 18 months ago after a woman committed suicide within the prison.  But the contract will not be renewed when it expires next month, as the Newman Government continues attempts to cut costs and bring the state’s Budget back into the black. ‘’


Inside the Life of the Founder of Sisters Inside  Kris Olsson. Kilroy Was Here. Sydney: Bantam, 2005.Reviewed by Evelyn Hartogh

I read the book 4 years ago.. forgotten much of the text details..  A must read for those of you  wishing  to  understand the woman fighting injustice of our state of Queensland..

The mothers & grandmothers  are not going to get their children out of the same pattern unless they get help NOW..


Nicola Roxon forcing internet customer records available

Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has said that the public reaction to the government’s proposal to require internet service providers (ISPs) to retain customer data for up to two years has been hysterical, and that the government is asking for much less than has been claimed.

Roxon gave a speech on Tuesday stating that forcing ISPs to retain customer data for up to two years is required to ensure that law-enforcement agencies can continue to investigate crime. Reaction to Roxon’s announcement saw an unusual alliance between organisations such as Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), the Institute of Public Affairs, GetUp, and the Greens, all of which expressed outrage over the plan. And although the Coalition hasn’t made its position on the issue known formally, Liberal backbencher Steve Ciobo compared the proposal on Tuesday to something that would have been seen in Nazi Germany during World War II.’’

quote from http://www.zdnet.com/au/roxon-calls-for-cold-shower-on-data-retention-hysteria-7000003742/


Reinhardt’s Shifty Nature


image Piece of Cake..

While you see her ranting regards Africans willing to work for $2 a day..  her excuse to tap into the cheapest wage package for her billion dollar enterprises… look beyond the ‘poor rich girl …

Gippsland Times


Thursday September 6, 2012

‘’Meanwhile, Australia’s wealthiest person Gina Rinehart’s appeal against an ASIC ruling to force her to lodge outstanding financial reports for her private mining company Hancock Prospecting is due for a next week appearance in the coming days.

ASIC pursued the issue after revelations emerged that Ms Rinehart’s billion-dollar resources company had not filed a report in more than two years and had also lodged each of its reports for 2006 to 2009 more than a year late.

In April ASIC rejected Ms Rinehart’s bid for an exemption to Hancock Prospecting’s reporting obligations under the Corporations Act.

Hancock Prospecting has taken the matter to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’’


SMH tells it ‘’

Rinehart has been banging on for some time about the excessive costs of labour, tax and bureaucracy in getting mines up and running – and even blamed them as the reason that she sold almost 80 per cent of her stake in Queensland coal prospects to India’s GVK, rather than a lesser amount.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/gina-rinehart-its-her-party-and-shell-cry-if-she-wants-to-20120830-253f2.html#ixzz25dnfJQhK