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This web resource has been produced by a team from the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre, Department of Social Work, and the Australian Catholic University with funding and support from the Australian Government.

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, The University of Melbourne (Social Work)
Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy, The University of Melbourne (Archives & Technology)
Professor Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University (History)

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

National Program Manager
Kirsten Wright (March 2017 – current)
Antonina Lewis (March 2016 – Feb 2017)
Rachel Tropea (2015 – Feb 2016)

National Editor & Research Co-ordinator
Cate O’Neill

Senior Project Archivist
Nicola Laurent

Project Archivist
Constance Thurley-Hart (Sept 2017 – current)

Communications & Liaison Officer
Genevieve Wauchope (Aug 2016 – current)

IT Consultant
Peter Tonoli

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

National Program Manager
Rachel Tropea
Acting National Program Manager
Mike Jones (April 2012 – March 2013)

National Editor & Research Co-ordinator
Cate O’Neill

Senior Project Archivist
Melissa Downing (2011 – July 2013)
Mike Jones (July 2013 – 2014)

Communications & Liaison Officer
Sally Orpin
Client Liaison Officer
Sarah Green

IT Consultants
Marco La Rosa
Davis Marques

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

Others archivists and historians who worked on the web resource include: Annelie de Villiers, Ann McCarthy, Christine Moje, Liz Daniels, Meredith Kiraly, Rebe Taylor, Rebecca Rigby and Winsome Adam.

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.