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Find & Connect Web Resource Project (2011 - )

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The Find & Connect Web Resource Project commenced in 2011 at the University of Melbourne with funding from the Commonwealth Government of Australia until June 2014. In 2015, funding for the project was extended until 2017. It is part of a suite of services known as the Find and Connect Program. The Find & Connect web resource was launched in November 2011.

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In November 2009, the Australian government made a national apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants to acknowledge the hurt and distress suffered by many children in institutional care, particularly the children who were victims of abuse and assault. The government apologised for the harm that resulted from these children's loss of family, the loss of identity and, in the case of child migrants, the loss of their country.

As part of the commemorations of the first anniversary of the national apology, the Australian government announced in 2010 that $26.5 million would be invested in a range of Find and Connect services for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. In June 2011 the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, announced funding of more than $3 million in the first stage of the Government's investment.

This funding included investment in a national Find & Connect web resource to assist with the search for records and other critical information held by past provider organisations and government agencies.

In 2011 representatives from the University of Melbourne (UoM Commercial Ltd) and the Commonwealth of Australia (The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) signed two Agreements being for the provision of the following services:

Activity 1: National Find and Connect service database (1-KXI357)
Activity 2: National Find and Connect website (Agreement ID 1-IXJZUV Schedule ID 1-LSZ5QX).

In June that year the Find and Connect Web Resource Project commenced. The project included archivists, historians, social workers and technology staff from the University of Melbourne and the Australian Catholic University who worked in collaboration with each other and with people who experienced institutional care as children, advocacy groups, support services, past providers (organisations who were responsible for running the institutions), record holders and government departments.

The Find & Connect web resource was launched in November 2011 with over 6,000 entries related to the history of child welfare in Australia. The information first published was largely collated from existing state guides. A team of state based historians and archivists utilised technology developed by the eScholarship Resource Centre (University of Melbourne) to create entries depicting organisations (including orphanages), significant events, glossary terms (word meanings), legislation, people, places; and, related publications, photos and information about records. By the end of 2013 the web resource comprised of over 13,000 entries and tens of thousands of relationships interconnecting them all.

Between November 2011 and the end of 2013 there were approximately 280,000 visitors to the Find & Connect web resource, and approximately 2,500 emails received.

In June 2012 Uom Commercial Ltd signed another Agreement with the Australian Government to provide support and training for past providers and record holders to help them document their archival collections and corresponding access conditions, and to make this information available via the web resource:

Activity 3: Find and Connect Records Access Documentation Project - Training Strategy (Agreement ID 1-M3Q9QF Schedule ID 1-M3Q9QH Activity ID 1-VMsWXE)

29 organisations received grants from the federal government to participate in this scheme, which ran until June 2013.

Publications

Books

  • Skӧld, Johanna and Swain, Shurlee (eds), Apologies and the Legacy of Abuse of Children in 'Care', Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2015, 217 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Swain, Shurlee, 'Why Sexual Abuse? Why Now?', in Skӧld, Johanna and Swain, Shurlee (eds), Apologies and the Legacy of Abuse of Children in 'Care', Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2015, pp. 83-94. Details
  • Swain, Shurlee, 'Transitional Justice Workers and Vicarious Trauma', in Skӧld, Johanna and Swain, Shurlee (eds), Apologies and the Legacy of Abuse of Children in 'Care', Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2015, pp. 181-190. Details
  • Swain, Shurlee, 'Locating the Child within the History of Childhood', in Faulkner, Joanne and Zolkos, Magdalena (eds), Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity: Disciplining the Child, Lexington Books, Lanham, 2016, pp. 3-14. Details
  • Swain, Shurlee, 'A Motherly Concern for Children: Invocations of Queen Victoria in Imperial Child Rescue Literature', in Robinson, Shirleene and Sleight, Simon (eds), Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2016, pp. 27-40. Details

Conference Papers

  • Green, Sarah, 'Impersonal, yet so personal: How the history of child welfare institutions can contribute to identity (re)construction.', in Place & Displacement Conference, 21-23 November, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia., 22 November 2012. Details
  • Green, Sarah, and O'Neill, Cate, ''Let our histories be visible': rising to the challenge of representing the histories of Forgotten Australians on the web.', in Contemporary History - The past that’s still with us. 29 - 30 November, 2012, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus., 2012. Details
  • Jones, Michael, 'The Fourth Dimension: archives, the internet and the Find & Connect web resource', in Seminar Series - Seminar 3, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 5 September 2013, 2013. Details
  • Jones, Michael, 'Connecting with Communities: Developing the Find & Connect Web Resource', in ALIA Information Online 2013, Brisbane, Australia, 2013. Details
  • Jones, Michael and Tropea, Rachel, 'Scaling Up Digital Public History: Lessons Learned From the Find & Connect Web Resource Project', in DH2015: Global Digital Humanities, Sydney, 29 June - 3 July 2015, 2015. Details
  • O'Neill, Cate, 'Accessing the records of the Forgotten Australians: learning from the human rights context to improve archival practices and restorative justice.', in International Council on Archives Congress, Brisbane, Australia - 20-24 August 2012, Brisbane, Australia, 2012. Details

Journal Articles

  • Jones, Michael and O'Neill, Cate, 'Identity, records and archival evidence: exploring the needs of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, Archives and Records', The Journal of the Archives and Records Association, 2014. Details
  • McCarthy, Gavan; Swain, Shurlee and O'Neill, Cate, 'Archives, identity and survivors of out-of-home care [Editorial]', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 40, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1-3. Details
  • O'Neill, Cate; Selakovic, V; and Tropea, Rachel, 'Access to records for people who were in out-of-home care: moving beyond 'third dimension' archival practice.', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 40, no. 1, 2012, pp. 29-41. Details
  • Swain, Shurlee, 'Stakeholders as Subjects: The Role of Historians in the Development of Australia's Find & Connect Web Resource.pdf', The Public Historian, vol. 36, no. 4, November 2014, pp. 38-50. Details
  • Swain, Shurlee, 'Giving Voice to Narratives of Institutional Sex Abuse', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 41, no. 2, 2015, pp. 289-304. Details
  • Swain, Shurlee, 'Enshrined in Law: Legislative Justifications for the Removal of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Children in Colonial and Post-Colonial Australia', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 47, no. 2, 2016, pp. 191-208. Details
  • Swain, Shurlee and Musgrove, Nell, ''Contained and Confined: Female Incarceration in Nineteenth-Century Australia' in', Silent System: Forgotten Australians and the Institutionalisation of Women and Children, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2014. Details
  • Swain, Shurlee; Sheedy, L., and O'Neill, Cate, 'Responding to "Forgotten Australians": historians and the legacy of out-of-home "care"', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, 2012, pp. 17-28. Details

Resources

  • Evans, Joanne; McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; van den Bosch, Alan; et al, Online Heritage Resource Manager - OHRM, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 1999. Also available at http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/ohrm/. Details
  • Who Am I Project Team, Pathways Victoria, eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, 2010. Also available at http://www.pathwaysvictoria.info/. The Find & Connect web resource was based on 'Pathways Victoria'. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Background and Web resource credits pages, Find & Connect web resource, 15 November 2011, http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/, date accessed 26 February 2014. Statistics from Find and Connect web resource Google Analytics account, date accessed 26 February 2014. Email feedback reports compiled by the Client Liaison Officer on the Find and Connect Web Resource Project during the course of the Project, and database statisitics compiled by the Program Manager during the course of the Project, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre. Schedule - Standard Funding Agreements for Activity 1: National Find and Connect service database (1-KXI357), Activity 2: National Find and Connect website (Agreement ID 1-IXJZUV Schedule ID 1-LSZ5QX), and Activity 3: Find and Connect Records Access Documentation Project - Training Strategy (Agreement ID 1-M3Q9QF Schedule ID 1-M3Q9QH Activity ID 1-VMsWXE) held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Rachel Tropea