Unseen, Unheard, UnknownBook - 1995
This autobiography details the author's account of her deprived childhood in the cult known as 'The Family'. Sarah Hamilton-Byrne was adopted at birth and unbeknown to her natural parents was handed over to Anne Hamilton-Byrne to become a member of her social experiment, 'The Family'. Breaking the cult's motto of 'unseen, unheard, unknown,' Sarah relates details of a life of near-starvation, emotional manipulation, bizarre training to be a master race and mind-altering drugs. Sarah ran away from her captivity at Lake Eildon and in 1987 assisted the police to rescue the other children in a dramatic early morning raid. Since then she has been an outspoken critic of the cult's beliefs, influence and methods of recruiting and retaining members. Her story also tells of the difficulties experienced in learning to adjust to the outside world and how she managed to complete secondary education and graduate with a degree in medicine from the University of Melbourne.
Publisher: Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1995.