General Resources

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)

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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. 

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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.

Full article at ABC.net 17 May 2017

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.

Click here to acess the link to portraits

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.

View website for more details

Care leavers resources

" 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 

Please click on this link for the music video

Performed by Jay Turner with the voices of Lotus Place Brisbane and With One Voice Brisbane @ Songs of Justice 2016 State Library of Queensland

Please click on this link for the performance at Songs of Justice concert

Lotus Times September 2016

Queensland Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Newspaper

Lotus Times: Volume 3-Issue 1, September 2016

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.

Please click on the following link to read the complete blog

Blog by writer Edwina Shaw, 24 August 2016

Micah Projects submission for Issue paper 11

Issues Paper 11

Catholic Church Final Hearing

Submission by Micah Projects

Please click here to view the submission, 12 August 2016

British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association June 2016 Newsletter

June 2016 Newsletter

Unfinished Business

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.

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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.

Read more-Find and Connect web resource 11 June 2015

Fractured Families

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. 

Read more-Find and Connect web resource 24 June 2015

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.

Read more-Find and Connect web resource 17 June 2015

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
health institutions

Read more - 2015 HAN framework for justice

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.

For more information please download the HAN brochure.

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.

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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.

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The Untold

The Untold is an oral history project developed by FAN Theatre, a group of Forgotten Australians who express themselves through various types of performance. For individual stories, please see the 'read more' section.

View the main film

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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.

Link to the Alliance for Forgotten Australians website to view the DVD.

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.

Link to National Library of Australia website.

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.

Read or download the book.

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)

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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.

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Speech by Senator Claire Moore

Forgotten Australians 16 Nov 2009
Today is a really important day. It is an important day for all of the people who c

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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