Major fire at old Neerkol sparks bad memories for readers

A LARGE fire that destroyed a double storey building at the old Neerkol orphanage overnight has sparked bad memories for many.

Some have posted comments on The Bulletin's Facebook posts about the incident, with many comments along the lines of 'burn it to the ground'.

In 1997, the Queensland's children commission welcomed a decision by the Sisters of Mercy to investigate allegations of abuse by former residents of the orphanage near Stanwell.

The allegations came from children who spent time at the orphanage during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Sisters of Mercy and the Catholic Church ran the orphanage, St Joseph's Home at Neerkol, between 1885 to 1985 and housed between 150 and 500 children at any one time.

Paula Cliff Hotston - My death is the only thing that will erase those memories. No, I have not lead a bitter life, just sadness at being so constantly hurt for no apparent reason. I have a beautiful family who never hurt me - so I am one up on those wicked people.

Debbie Lee - My step mum was there its so sad I feel for anyone that was there but I still think why burn it it would bring up things again I may be wrong it may be good not seeing it there for all the people that had gone there but it's always in the back of your mind some way 

Tracy Baker - Wish the whole place had burnt to the ground. 

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7.25am: A LARGE building was destroyed and three others saved in a major fire overnight near Stanwell.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said fire crews were called to the old orphanage at 9.30pm and left at 3.30am.

He said a large double-storey building was destroyed.

The fire at the old Meteor Park Orphanage, also known as the Neerkol orphanage, was attended by five urban units and three rural units.

Investigations into the fire will be carried out this morning.



Aerial view of Neerkol. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Aerial view of Neerkol. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

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