Where do I belong? part 5

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During a trip back to Perth in 1957 to visit my Grandmother, Uncle Alan arranged for a welfare officer from the Children’s court to interview me with the aim of having me released from the clutches of the court. Since by then I was doing nurse training, was earning a living and was of ‘good character’ I was granted a release.

In 1971 when my Grandmother died she left some money for each of her grandchildren, but didn’t name us. I was unable to inherit, because under WA law at the time adopted children still belonged to the state – not their adoptive families. I was at this time 33 years old! My Grandmother would have been horrified to find her ‘favourite’ grandchild disinherited in this manner.

I attach correspondence from both my Mother and the Public Trustee. This law was finally changed in 1995. My Mother, Aunt and Uncle resolved the issue by each donating an amount equal to that inherited by their children to be paid to me via the Public Trustee.

 

During a trip back to Perth in 1957 to visit my Grandmother, Uncle Alan arranged for a welfare officer from the Children’s court to interview me