Living at Scarba Home for Children: A history of the Scarba Welfare House for Children (1917-1986)
in the context of child welfare practice in New South Wales, 2006, courtesy of The Benevolent Society of NSW.
The term 'Forgotten Australians' came into common use around the time of the publication of first report of the Senate Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care in 2004. The term 'Forgotten Australians' was used by the Senate to describe the thousands of people who experienced institutional or out-of-home care in Australia in the twentieth century, particularly during the period from the 1930s to the 1970s. However, not every person who falls into this category identifies him or herself as a 'Forgotten Australian', or believes that their experience can be captured by this, or any other term.