The Question part 1

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Still lingering deep was the question that had kept me angry for a lifetime. A few years ago I had sought my birth certificate but this threw no light on the begging question; who was my father?
A media release stated there would be a Victorian Government forced adoptions apology so, on 25 October 2012, I phoned State Offices and asked if I could attend. Although told it was fully booked, I decided to attend anyway and asked my son, now in his early 20’s, to accompany me. The broad steps of Victoria’s Parliament House were covered in baby shoes and people holding placards. Usually unemotional, I burst into tears and the frustration of the years poured out. Tears are catchy and my son joined in and I was so proud to have him by my side. The children’s shoes had been placed there by a forgotten Australian, Alan ‘Charlie’ Walker, to display solidarity. Charlie had written a book of his Wartime orphanage experiences titled, ‘The Ratbag Orphan’.

 

Still lingering deep was the question that had kept me angry for a lifetime. A few years ago I had sought my birth certificate but this threw no light on the begging question; who was my father?