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History of Mid North orphanage


A book detailing the history of the Sacred Heart Orphanage at Crystal Brook has been written by an Adelaide woman who spent her childhood there.

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Mary Bryant, who lived at the orphanage in the 1950s, said she decided to write the book when she saw that the building had been demolished as she didn’t want the history of the orphanage to be forgotten.

Run by the Good Samaritan Sisters from 1940 to 1979, the orphanage was home for about 240 children over that time. It originally catered for children in need whose fathers had been killed during World War II. Later, it accommodated children who needed short or long term care.

When the Sisters left the area the orphanage closed, however the building was then used as boarding house for country students attending St Mark’s College in Port Pirie.

Mrs Bryant said she went to the orphanage at the age of six and had “mixed emotions” from her time there. In her book she has included personal accounts from other children who were at the orphanage, and also from four Sisters who served there.

As she is planning to self-publish, Mrs Bryant would like anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the book to contact her on either 0403 024 386 or to order a copy.



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