Letter from the CEO of the Royal Commission
Lotus Place recently received the following letter from Phillip Reed the CEO of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
If any of the information below is relevant to you please get in contact with the Royal Commission as soon as possible. As always, if you would like support or assistance please contact your local Lotus Place office.
Lotus Place. Creating justice. Responding to injustice.
A short film introducing the work of Lotus Place and acknowledging the active courage of those who experienced historical abuse in institutional or out-of-home care. More than 500,000 Australians were placed into institutions in the last century, with many suffering physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
Director: Peter Hegedus (Soul Vision Films)
Voices from the Armchair: Adele Renwick for Forgotten Australians
Voices from the armchair are a series of films that aim to promote discussion on the Australian Federal Government's defined 'Special Needs Groups'. The term “people with special needs” is defined in the Aged Care Act of 1997 and its subsequent revisions.
Meet the taxi driver going back to his childhood for the chance to perform with the Royal Ballet
Paul Morewood is one of a group of Brisbaneamateur dancers taking part in We All Dance, a workshop series facilitated by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to coincide with The Royal Ballet's visit to Australia.
Wolston Park and Forgotten/Now Remembered Australians: Portraits
Award winning artist Anne Wallace has remembered many of the women who were at the 2010 apology through art, chiefly her Wolston Park and forgotten/Now remembered Australians portrait series.
Anne’s art will be part of an exhibition by Access Arts in partnership with the Mental Health Commission at QPAC on 15 June 2017.
Lily Pad Newsletters 2017
Queensland Forgotten Australians & Former Child Migrant Newsletters
New package to help improve aged care for care leavers launched
Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants, Stolen Generations and their families will benefit from an aged care resource package launched today.
The Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, launched the new package to help the transition of people traumatised by their experiences in orphanages, children’s homes, foster care or other institutions as they access aged care services, be they in their own home or entering residential care.
" Have you Forgotten Me" music video and performance at "Songs of Justice Concert"
This music video is dedicated to the more than 500,000 children who were 'raised' in institutional care in Australia during the 20th century and who suffered unthinkable abuse in these places best described as "hell-holes". Written by Jay Turner, Michael J. Davis & Catherine Mundy
Performed by Jay Turner with the voices of Lotus Place Brisbane and With One Voice Brisbane @ Songs of Justice 2016 State Library of Queensland
Lotus Times September 2016
Queensland Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Newspaper
Rewriting Lives-By writer Edwina Shaw
Recently, it has been my privilege to work with a group of Forgotten Australians. This is the preferred term to describe people who experienced life in institutions as children, whether as child migrants after the war, orphans, or those who, through no fault of their own, ended up in places no child should ever be.
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Micah Projects submission for Issue paper 11
Issues Paper 11
Catholic Church Final Hearing
Submission by Micah Projects
British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association June 2016 Newsletter
Lily Pad Newsletters 2016
Queensland Forgotten Australians & Former Child Migrant Newsletters
The Historical Abuse Network calls on the Queensland Government to respond to the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Consultation Paper on Redress.
Seeking former residents of Weroona Home
A project based at Macquarie University is seeking former residents willing to share their recollections of life at Weroona Home.
Our readers might be interested in a book by Tanya Evans – Fractured Families: life on the margins in colonial New South Wales (2015, UNSW Press). Launched last week at the State Library of New South Wales, the book draws on the archives of The Benevolent Society (founded in 1813) to tell the stories of the ‘ordinary as well as the extraordinary’ people who lived and worked in colonial Sydney.
The importance of photos
Photographs play an important role in everyone’s life – they connect us to our past, they remind us of people, places, feelings, and stories. They can help us to know who we are. For people who grew up in children’s institutions, photographs are especially important – sadly, this is because for so many people, the photographs most of us take for granted, don’t exist.
2015 HAN framework for justice
The Historical Abuse Network (HAN) is a network
of people who experienced abuse, including
sexual abuse, in state or church run institutions,
foster care, youth detention centres and those
who as children were placed in adult mental
Historical Abuse Network Brochure
The Historical Abuse Network (HAN) is a network of people who have experienced historic abuse and continued disadvantage. HAN recognises the common and yet individual experiences of Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who as children experienced abuse in institutions, foster care and detention.
The Forgotten Australians: Adele Chynoweth at TEDxCanberra
Adele Chynoweth is a theatre director and museum curator working on narratives of Forgotten Australians: more than 500,000 Australians who spent their childhood in orphanages and other institutions.
Online exhibition of 'Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions'
The new National Museum Australia (NMA) website of the exhibition Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions went live on the third anniversary of the National Apology, Friday 16 November 2012.
Forgotten Australians: Life Stories
The Alliance for Forgotten Australians' DVD is the story of six people who started life differently—one of them in another country—but who shared the experience of a childhood in Children’s Homes, institutions or foster care in Australia.
Forgotten Australians & Former Child Migrants Oral History Project
Throughout 2012 the National Library interviewed Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants across Australia to record their lives and document the lifelong impact of institutional and out-of-home care. The project concluded in November 2012 and aimed to ensure that the voices of many who were in care as children were heard and that their experiences will be remembered.
Lives of Uncommon Children: Reflections of Forgotten Australians
Ten years after the Forde Inquiry into the abuse of children in state care, the Federal Government finally issued a public apology to the ‘Forgotten Australians’ in November, 2009.
This book records the stories, the memories and observations of some of these children. Now adults, they are making their way in a world which has, until recently, barely acknowledged the pain and cruelty that marked their childhoods.
Inspirational Queenslanders: Leneen Forde
Leneen Forde, AC is the Canadian-born chancellor of Griffith University, and was Governor of Queensland from 1992 until 1997. Leneen Forde was only the second woman to be appointed to the position of governor in Australia and the first to take on the role in Queensland. In 1998, Mrs Forde was appointed to Chair the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions
(Extract from Biographical Page on Forde Foundation Web)
Wikipedia entry on Forgotten Australians
Forgotten Australians is a term applied to the more than 500,000 non-indigenous, child migrants and indigenous children who experienced care in institutions or outside a home setting during the 20th century. Many of these children were abused physically, emotionally, or sexually while in care. Many survivors to this day still suffer the effects of the child abuse.
Improving Aged Care for Forgotten Australians
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Through the Improving Aged Care for Forgotten Australians project, A National Education Package will be developed and distributed so service providers in the aged care sector recognise the special needs of Forgotten Australians and provide appropriate and responsive care, including access to counselling and support services.
Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA) website
Established in 2006, the Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA) is a national group of organisations and selected individuals from across Australia that promotes the interests of the estimated 500,000 people who experienced institutional or other out-of-home care as children in the last century and who suffered physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse: the Forgotten Australians.
Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) website
Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) is a support and advocacy group for people from this background. We help everyone, including Australians who grew up in orphanages and Homes overseas.
The Child Migrants Trust
The Child Migrants Trust was established in 1987 and addresses the issues surrounding the deportation of children from Britain. In the post-war period, child migrants as young as three were shipped to Canada, New Zealand, the former Rhodesia and Australia, a practice that continued as late as 1970.