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Hearts and Minds: Friendship and Beautiful Books for Child Detainees

On the Befriend a Child in Detention community project “When the child detainees realised there were letters inside the books, there were tears all round. They said that they were not forgotten and that Australians don’t all hate us,” says Dr June Factor, convenor and founder of the Befriend a Child in Detention project. “In July we sent four boxes of beautiful new children’s books to the children in the detention centre on Nauru, and every book included a letter – a greeting and encouragement of friendship. There were also stamped addressed envelopes, in the hope that some asylum seeker children might write back. Some of the letters and envelopes were from adults and many were from children. We know that a number of people – including 17 children from one school – have received letters from the children detained on Nauru.” Since then, says Dr Factor, more books and letters have gone to Nauru, and to every asylum seeker detention centre on the Australian mainland. Befriend a Child in Detention is a community project which aims …

Melbourne in the 1920s

Melbourne, Melbourne. What a city you are. You’ve been touted as the best city to live in for the last 4 years, your alleyway restaurants and cafes are some of the best in the world, and you look pretty good on a rainy day. But how did you look before? I’ve trawled the internet to find photos of Melbourne from the flapper days of the 1920s. Going through all the images, even the ones from Edwardian times, it creates a feeling of nostalgia for a time you may have never lived. You also realise how strange a phenomenon time can be. When you think that along the paths you walk to get home, to work; the houses you live in and the buildings you work in, these places have existed for hundreds of years. Millions and millions and footsteps have pattered along the same streets we walk along now. And yet how often do we stop think about it? That we live in this ever changing world and it’s so brief yet so elongated at the …