Accused cleric built reputation at small school in Australia

Gearing, Amanda, McKenna, Michael, & O'Neill, Sean (2013) Accused cleric built reputation at small school in Australia. The Times.

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Abstract

The little Anglican boarding school of St Barnabas, in the mountain town of Ravenshoe, north Queensland, was where Robert Waddington built his reputation as an educationalist.

He was headmaster there from 1961-70, but a growing number of former pupils are now coming forward to say they were subjected to sexual and physical abuse by him.

Bim Atkinson, 58, said that his ordeal began after he was sent to the school and joined the choir.

“I was absolutely petrified of the man,” Mr Atkinson recalls. “After I joined the choir, the abuse started. He would tell me to go to the sickbay, which had a connecting door to his bedroom and then I would end up in his room.”

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ID Code: 69058
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
ISSN: 0140-0460
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2014 00:26
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 03:06

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