Royal Commission Case Studies

February 24, 2016 Tom’s Story

Tom was born into a devoted Catholic family in 1950, starting high school at St Mary’s Cathedral School Sydney in 1964. At the time, the school was run by The Christian Brothers. A short time…

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February 24, 2016 Rick’s Story

Rick* was born to a devout Catholic mother and a violent, alcoholic father. Due to the violence, his mother left his father when he was 10 or 11 years old. As she was on the…

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February 24, 2016 Matthew’s Story

Matthew* was a happy child from a supportive, though poor, family. His family struggled financially to provide for his education at St Patrick’s Marist Brothers Demonstration School in Dundas, but no doubt felt this was…

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November 17, 2017 Mark’s Story

Mark* attended Knox Grammar School – run by the Uniting Church – as a boarder for three years in the late 1980s. Throughout his stay, Mark was repeatedly abused both physically and sexually by two…

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February 24, 2016 Margaret’s Story

Margaret came from a religious family in the southern suburbs of Sydney. She enjoyed a happy childhood with her parents and siblings. Receiving a Catholic education was an honoured family tradition. This all changed when…

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February 24, 2016 Kerry’s Story

Kerry grew up on a family farm in the picturesque heart of the NSW Hunter Valley. Her family was Irish Catholic. Their local Parish Priest was Father Denis McAlinden. Father McAlinden was a trusted friend…

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February 24, 2016 Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer Ingham went through the Catholic Church’s Towards Healing process. She was awarded a record lump sum payment at her facilitation meeting in Brisbane in May 2013. Peter Kelso acted for Jennifer at the facilitation….

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February 24, 2016 Jane’s Story

Compensation Awarded: $200,000 Jane was the youngest of four children, born into a family devoted to the Catholic faith. Father Robert Hickman had been a close friend of Jane’s parents for many years. Jane and…

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February 24, 2016 Brett’s Story

Brett* was born to a British merchant seaman who was in Australia illegally. When his parents separated, his mother took his sister, and his father took Brett. Brett’s father was away for extended periods of…

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February 24, 2016 Alex’s Story

Alex grew up with devout Catholic parents in suburban Sydney. He attended high school at Marist Brothers, Eastwood in 1965, where Brother Patrick Lawrence was the principal. In his first year of high school he…

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