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This web resource has been produced by the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre, together with the Find & Connect team from the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University.

It would not exist at all were it not for the hundreds of people who have had the courage to tell their stories. Thank you to those who have told their stories so that this chapter of Australia’s history can be better understood.

Chief Investigators

Professor Cathy Humphreys
Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy
Professor Shurlee Swain

Find & Connect Web Resource Project Team, Phase 2 (2015-2020)

National Program Manager (March 2017- )
Kirsten Wright
National Program Manager (March 2016-February 2017)
Antonina Lewis
National Program Manager (2015-February 2016)
Rachel Tropea
National Editor & Research Co-ordinator
Cate O’Neill
Senior Project Archivist
Nicola Laurent
Communications and Liaison Officer (August 2016- )
Genevieve Wauchope
Project Archivist (September 2017 – )
Constance Thurley-Hart
IT Consultant
Peter Tonoli

Find & Connect Web Resource Project Team, Phase 1 (2011-2014)

National Program Manager
Rachel Tropea
Acting National Program Manager (April 2012-April 2013); Lead Archivist (July 2013-2014)
Mike Jones
National Editor & Research Co-ordinator
Cate O’Neill
Lead Archivist (June 2011-July 2013)
Melissa Downing
Communications & Liaison Officer
Sally Orpin
Client Liaison Officer
Sarah Green
IT Consultant
Marco La Rosa
IT Support Officer
Davis Marques


Australian Capital Territory
Liam Hogan and Lydia Connell
New South Wales
Naomi Parry
Northern Territory
Gary George, Karen George and Megg Kelham
Lee Butterworth
South Australia
Gary George and Karen George
Caroline Evans
Nell Musgrove, Rosemary Francis and Sarah Green
Western Australia
Deb Rosser

Thank You

Ailie Smith, Annelie de Villiers, Ann McCarthy, Christine Moje, Helen Morgan, Liz Daniels, Meredith Kiraly, Rebe Taylor, Rebecca Rigby, Winsome Adam and others at the eScholarship Research Centre who worked on Find & Connect; the Australian Government for their funding and support; and all those who contributed their stories, photos, and advice – WE THANK YOU.

Production and Design

The interface design is by Russ Weakley at Max Design.

The design of Find & Connect emerged from consultation with Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants, service providers, and analysis of the design of other websites with a similar purpose. The team learned a lot from the development of the Pathways website from 2009 to 2011, part of the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant-funded ‘Who Am I?’ project about institutional ‘care’ in Victoria.

After the site was launched in November 2011, we did two rounds of usability and accessibility testing of the web resource, with Roger Hudson of Web Usability. Thank you to all who participated in this process, which led to a redesigned version of Find & Connect, launched in October 2013.

Together with the designer, Russ, we came up with the design for Find & Connect, to create a distinctive website design for each state and territory that suggested an inclusive, welcoming space for discovery. The banner includes an image of the golden wattle, Australia’s national floral emblem, and a symbol of remembrance. We hope you enjoy the look and feel of the Find & Connect website.