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Sources:

www.winbourne.cfc.edu.au
 
www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au
 
www.winbourne.cfc.edu.au/winbourne%20indigenous%20(2).doc
 
 
George Cox of Mulgoa and Mudgee: Letters to his sons
1846 – 49.

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Wiradjuri Nation: The Cox family, the Wiradjuri Nation and Winbourne and Burrundulla, cont. P.34

When the war ended most of the children were sent back to Alice Springs by the Aborigines Welfare Board, but Joyce went into hiding, causing a major public uproar. She was eventually allowed to stay.
In the 1980s, Joyce worked for Aboriginal and Catholic agencies in the Mt Druitt area.  At that time she often took visitors to Winbourne to show them the room where she slept.
 
Many of the children that returned to Alice Springs did well in life, and at a re-union hosted by the Brothers’ community in the late 1990s at Winbourne, told of their time at Winbourne. A group of Darug people, led by Chris Tobin, danced traditional dances in the courtyard at Winbourne at that reunion.
Winbourne came under the ownership of the Christian Brothers, with novitiate groups from 1959 to 1983, then educational retreats and conferences up to today, and many spiritual activities.
 
The natural environment was restored as much as possible, and Winbourne became a centre of spiritual renewal for all Australians.
 
During this time, Shirley Smith, or ‘Mum Shirl’ as she was known, came to Winbourne and took part in the programming that gave the novices an experience of what it was like to be an Aboriginal in Australia at that time, visiting Aboriginal communities, gaols and places of cultural significance. She also organized large groups of Aboriginal people from Redfern to visit Winbourne.

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