Case 442: Broken heart, unsound mind

Case 442: Broken heart, unsound mind
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In reconstruction, in an overgrown field, an Aboriginal woman staggers through the lofty vegetation before falling to the ground. Frank, in voice-over narration, tells us that his mother’s heart and spirit were broken, and her life shattered because he was taken from her. Frank explains that Maudie was taken to Claremont (now Graylands Hospital), a hospital for the mentally ill that categorised Maudie as a ‘Female native suffering from unsound mind’. Evelyn Grove, a Graylands Hospital nurse recalls meeting Maudie, saying that she was rather withdrawn and believes she would have had a breakdown after losing her son. Black-and-white footage of the Claremont taken in the present day is followed by external shots of Claremont, colour, present day. Summary by Romaine Moreton.