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Former state wards abused in care urge Victorian government to follow through on redress promise

Staring at the red brick orphanage in Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs only brings back sad memories for Terry Helman.

“You never really had anyone caring for you,” Mr Helman recalls.

“I wasn’t a happy kid. I was always down. And you just sometimes just felt worthless. And you were more or less told you were worthless.”

This week, for the first time in nearly 60 years Mr Helman visited the Surrey Hills church, which was once a Catholic orphanage where he spent three years as a boy while he was a ward of the state.

“These places crush your spirits,” he says.

He was taken away from his parents when he was just two months old and…

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