It is 1948. Edmond arrives as a frightened six year old at the country place of the Sutherland Homes for neglected children near Melbourne. He is to live there for the next eleven years. Here in ‘The Silver Poplar’ Edmond traces his life up to the time when as a late teenager he encounters in himself a surprising work of God. The silver poplar at the Boys’ End stood for all that promised to be enduring, even when the inmates were forbidden to climb it.
The book is nostalgic as well as awakening the reader to the ever-present issues of abandonment, adoption and the fostering of children.
As an afterword Edmond recounts how several decades later he was to discover the past that did much to explain the struggles he faced when at the institution. It concludes radiating with hope.