Kendall Grange, Morrisset Park (NSW)

 

Kendall Grange in Morrisset Park, New South Wales was a facility established by the St John of God Brothers in 1948 as a residential school for boys with intellectual disabilities. In 1980 the school changed to a residential school for boys with behavioural disorders, and in 1994 it became a residential school for primary school aged boys and girls with behavioural disorders. Kendall Grange operated until 2000. In 2001 the school closed as requested by the Department of Community Services, NSW, and it became a community-based early intervention service under the name of St John of God Family Services.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse has identified 41 claims of child sexual abuse occurring at Kendall Grange between 1950 and 1997. This figure accounted for 55 per cent of all claims against the St John of God Brothers in Australia. Furthermore, of the 41 claimants who alleged child sexual abuse at Kendall Grange, almost half (20 claimants) also alleged that they were physically abused. More astonishingly, the Royal Commission was informed that 40.4 per cent of St John of God Brothers, who operated Kendall Grange, were alleged perpetrators. 30 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse at Kendall Grange have been identified, while another 3 have only been partially identified. One of the worst perpetrators was Brother Bernard McGrath who in 2018 was sentenced to 33 years’ jail for 64 offences against 12 boys.

Artemis Legal has represented in the past and is still representing clients who were students at this school.

We invite former students, teachers and parents to contact us to tell us confidentially what information they may have, and we will explain what options are available to help with these cases.

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