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Human Rights Commission, Australian Capital Territory

The Human Rights Commission, ACT oversees issues of human rights and justice in the ACT, including ensuring that ACT government agencies are complying with human rights. As part of this work, it undertook an audit into the Quamby Youth Detention Centre in 2005.

Canossian Daughters of Charity

The Canossian Daughters of Charity is a Catholic order founded in Italy in 1808. They first came to Australian in 1949, and arrived in Darwin in 1970 with the purpose of establishing a residential children’s home – Bakhita Village. They ran the children’s home from 1972 until late December 1974, when it was destroyed by…

Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, State Government of Queensland

The Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships was established in late 2020. It amalgamated the recently abolished Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships with the Seniors and Disability Services functions of the former Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. Within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander…

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, State Government of Queensland

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships was established in 2015. It replaced the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Department. The Department administered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, rights and culture. Within the Department, the Community and Personal Histories team helped people to trace their personal and family history,…

Newcastle Shelter

The Newcastle Shelter was established in 1906 as temporary accommodation for children awaiting hearings at the local Children’s Court, children who were on remand, or who were otherwise in the custody of the police. It operated from the private home of Miss King, who, along with her daughter, ran the shelter with support from the…

Baptist Mission Australia

Baptist Mission Australia is the new name of Global Interaction, formerly the Australian Baptist Mission Society. Baptist Mission Australia holds records of Baptist missionary activity in Australia.

Victorian Neglected Children’s Aid Society Receiving Home

The Victorian Neglected Children’s Aid Society Receiving Home in La Trobe Street, Melbourne, was a Home for the temporary care of children. It was closely associated with child rescuer Selina Sutherland who established the Victorian Neglected Children’s Aid Society in 1894. From the early 1880s Sutherland had been taking in children as part of her…

Northcote Trust

The Northcote Trust was established in 1936 following a bequest in the will of Lady Alice Northcote, wife of Lord Henry Northcote, third Governor-General of Australia, to assist “poor children of British birth of either sex, and particularly orphans, to migrate from any part of Great Britain…” (Melbourne Leader, 30 March 1935). The bequest was…

City of Melville Libraries and Museums

City of Melville Libraries and Museums holds the historical and library collections for the City of Melville council, which encompasses the suburbs of Bicton, Applecross, Ardross, Melville, Kardinya, Booragoon, and Murdoch. It holds a collection of over 300 items and records from Heathcote Reception Home.

Department for Education, Children and Young People, Tasmanian Government

The Department for Education, Children and Young People was established on 1 October 2022. The Department is responsible for the facilitation of out of home care, child welfare, and custodial youth justice services in Tasmania. It also runs the Adoptions and Permanency Services, which provides suppport and records access services for Care Leavers.