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Over half a million Australian children experienced institutional care in the 20th century.

To acknowledge and remember the experiences of these children, the Australian Government funded the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia to document their history.


Apology

At 11am on Monday 16 November, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to the Forgotten Australians.

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PHOTOS

What's your view?

Photos of children in institutions only tell one part of the story.

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Projects

Exhibition Website

A keeping place
for your
story

Inside: Life in
Children's Homes
and Institutions

online at the
National Museum

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Oral Histories

Listen to us

Smoky Dawson
Every year they'd let you out.

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The National Library has recorded the voices of Forgotten Australians so they can be heard now and into the future.

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