Parragirls: Reimagining Parramatta Girls Home through art and memory
edited by Lily Hibberd, with Bonney Djuric


Paperback | Sep 2019 | NewSouth | 9781742236445 | 248pp | 230x180mm | GEN | AUD$59.99, NZD$69.99

Parragirls profiles the transformative artwork Parragirls realised in collaboration with contemporary artists and communities since the Parragirls Memory Project began in 2012. This vividly illustrated book reveals how art can change places and perceptions, in this case the long-neglected site of Parramatta Girls Home in Western Sydney, located on the lands of the Burramattagal people of the Darug nation.

Centred on the art and activism of its former residents, this is the first publication of its kind to use images and creative writing to open up the difficult spaces of an Australian former child welfare institution, one where significant abuse took place right up until its closure in 1974, as evidenced in the royal commission into child sexual abuse.