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


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