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Adelaide City Mission

The Adelaide City Mission was established in 1867, its principal aim being the “evangelisation of the neglected classes“.┬áThe Mission was involved in various charitable activities with Adelaide’s poor, and also organised religious activities such as gospel meetings (The Register, 20 July 1927). In 1926, the Adelaide City Mission opened the Aboriginal Women’s Home in the…

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…

Salvation Army Maternity Home, Charters Towers

The Salvation Army Maternity Home opened at Charters Towers in September 1898. It was located in a large house owned by Mr Tubbs on Gordon Street, at Richmond Hill. It had capcity for 7 women and 9 babies. Women staying at the home were expected to do sewing work to help supplement the home’s income….

Bakhita Village

Bakhita Village was opened in the Darwin suburb of Coconut Grove in January 1972 by the Canossian Daughters of Charity, a Catholic order from Italy. It was a small complex of five family-style homes that provided long and short term residential care for children. Bakhita Village was open for just short of three years before…

St Mary’s Home, Rockhampton

St Mary’s Home, Rockhampton, was opened in 1907 at “The Range”, Jessie Street, as a Home for unmarried mothers and their babies. It was run by a committee of the Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton, although the home accepted women of any denomination. Initially women were expected to stay at the home for at least eight…

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…

Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney is part of the worldwide Catholic Church. Catholicism arrived in Australia with the convicts and soldiers of the First Fleet in 1788, although the first Catholic ceremony was conducted by French explorer La Perouse. The first Catholic Mass on Australian soil was conducted until 1803 and the foundation stone for…