Hartnett House Open Day and Afternoon Tea – Saturday 10 November

Posted on 30 October 2012 by

Melbourne Citymission’s Hartnett House has been home to many children in the past. Some were placed in care by their families during times of hardship, and others came at times of family breakdown.

Hartnett House also provided services supporting young pregnant women before and after the birth of their babies. Some of these children were adopted through Hartnett House.

The recent Senate Inquiry into Forced Adoptions has identified a legacy of negative experiences and hurt for many touched by adoption. On October 25, the Victorian State Government formally apologised to the women, children and families affected by forced adoption in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Melbourne Citymission understands that as a consequence of this apology, past users of our services, mothers or children who lived at Hartnett House and their family members, may wish to re-visit the site and explore the memories the place holds for them.

We would like to invite everyone with a connection to Hartnett House to an open day – a chance to come together, reconnect and share stories. Melbourne Citymission’s heritage worker and other staff will be available to speak to on the day, or there will the opportunity for follow up at a later time. Afternoon tea will be provided.

If you are planning to attend please rsvp to Isaac McGregor or Hartnett House Reception.

WHEN: 3–6pm, Saturday 10 November
WHERE: Hartnett House
123 Albion Street, Brunswick
RSVP: Isaac McGregor
(03) 8625 4417
or Hartnett House Reception
(03) 9385 3200

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