badges from Roslyn Hall Children's Home, Murray Dwyer Boys Orphanage, Protestant Homes Booklet from Burwood Boys' Home – 'Valuable Household Hints' ceramic elephant with broken trunk canvas shoes badges from Morialta Homes baby doll dressed in white wool suitcase
FORGOTTEN AUSTRALIANS – OUR HISTORY – banner

Resources

Organisations

  • Alliance for Forgotten Australians an alliance of groups and selected individuals promoting the interests of Forgotten Australians through advocacy and projects
  • Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) a network for people who grew up in Australia's orphanages, children's homes and in foster care
  • Child Migrants Trust – an independent professional service for former child migrants, their parents and relatives
  • Forgotten Australians Support Services – a dedicated support service in Brisbane including Lotus Place drop-in centre
  • Parragirls – Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association, which serves as a support network and advocacy group for Forgotten Australians in New South Wales
  • Pathways – historical resources for people who experienced out-of-home 'care' in Victoria
  • Wing for Survivors a social media platform for Forgotten Australians to interact

Media coverage

Keep up-to-date with 'Forgotten Australians' (via Google):

Listen to earlier news about the apology:

Partners in the History project

Australian Government reports

Books

  • M Fawdry, The Little Mongrel: Free to a Good Home, M Fawdry, Launceston, Tasmania, 2006.
  • S Killens and L Lewis, The Inconvenient Child: A True Story, Miracle Publishing, St Leonards, New South Wales, 2009.
  • K Meekins, Red Tape Rape, K Meekins, Adelaide, 2008.
  • S Murray, J Murphy, E Branigan & J Malone, After the Orphanage: Life Beyond the Children's Home, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2009.
  • J Penglase, Orphans of the Living: Growing up in 'Care' in Twentieth-Century Australia, Curtin University Books, Fremantle, Western Australia, 2005.
  • P Scottney-Turbill, Morialta: Fire in the Mist, P Scottney-Turbill, Stirling, South Australia, 1994.
  • R Szablicki, Orphanage Boy: Through the Eyes of Innocence, New Holland Publishers, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, 2007.
  • C Walker, Charlie, the Ratbag Orphan: An Orphan Survivor in Australia, 2010.

Other resources?

To suggest further resources to add to this site, please email feedback@nma.gov.au

Updates

From time to time we will update the links on this page. This section logs changes that may be of interest to site visitors.

21 April 2009 – decommissioned link to 'Website for Forgotten Australians' – the site is down.

Quotes

From Lost Innocents:

... it is gut-wrenching to tell your story, you have a hell of a hangover from it, and I feel that you need real experts to do this counselling for child migrants.

(p199)

From Forgotten Australians:

I am now over 70 years of age but still find my experiences of this Institution remain with me, and some of the traumatic things I experienced still bother me, and I believe have had a profound effect on my life.

(p44)