Anglican boarding school a hotbed of sexual punishment

Gearing, Amanda Ann & McKenna, Michael (2013) Anglican boarding school a hotbed of sexual punishment. The Australian.

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THE little Anglican boarding school of St Barnabas, in the misty mountain town of Ravenshoe, north Queensland, was allegedly a hotbed of physical and sexual abuse in the 1960s.

North Queensland Bishop Bill Ray has confirmed the diocese has few files about the school -- which was closed mid-term in 1990 -- with suspicions they were dumped "down a well or an old mine shaft" in the district A history of brutal physical punishment and sexual abuse at the school dating from the 1960s is now emerging. Headmaster Robert Waddington, who arrived at the school from England to be headmaster in 1961, dished out daily canings to many of his young students and then allegedly raped some behind closed doors in his room or the sick bay, which were next to each other.

Former St Barnabas student Bim Atkinson, now 58, and two other former students have levelled allegations against the man they called "the Wadd".

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Item Type: Journal Article
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Deposited On: 17 Mar 2014 04:35
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 22:36

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