Belonging to bad: Ambiguity, Parramatta girls and the Parramatta girls home

Corrinne Franklin*

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From 1887 to 1974, 'corrupt' adolescent girls were incarcerated in Parramatta Girls Home, a New South Wales state government facility charged with their 'care and protection'. This paper examines the experiences of former inmates of Parramatta Girls Home (PGH) and explores their ongoing connections to the Home. Using the narratives of former inmates and submissions to public inquiries, the relationship that these women have with the Home and each other is explored. There is a strong thread of connection to place amongst former inmates, with their identity as 'Parra girls' shaping aspects of their post-incarceration lives. For those women who were incarcerated at PGH, the connection to people and place focuses on the Home and is a powerful influence on their subsequent experiences of security and belonging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-167
Number of pages11
JournalGeographical Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


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