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New South Wales - Glossary Term

Forgotten Australians (2004 - )

  • 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

    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.
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  • Prime Minister says sorry

    Prime Minister says sorry, 16 November 2009
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From
2004

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.

Publications

Books

  • Djuric, Bonney, Abandon All Hope: a history of Parramatta Industrial School, Chargan, Georges Terrace, 2008, 238 pp. Details
  • Penglase, Joanna, Orphans of the living: growing up in care in twentieth-century Australia, Curtin University Books/Fremantle Press, Fremantle, 2005, 384 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Honner, John, 'Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians', Eureka Street, vol. 19, no. 22, 20 November 2009. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Arrow, Brendan, 'Rudd's apology helps heal Leanne's wounds', Lithgow Mercury, 17 November 2009. Details
  • Olsson, Kristina, 'All the lost children', The Weekend Australian Magazine, 30-31 March 2013. Details

Online Resources

Photos

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
Title
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
Type
Document
Date
2006
Source
The Benevolent Society of NSW

Details

Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians
Title
Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians
Type
Document
Date
2009
Source
Eureka Street

Details

Prime Minister says sorry
Title
Prime Minister says sorry
Type
Video
Date
16 November 2009

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Where did the children go?', in Stolen childhoods, Part of a site exhibition that accompanied On Their Own, the National Maritime Museum of Australia and National Museums Liverpool touring exhibition about child migration from Britain., Immigration Museum, Museum Victoria, 2011-2012, http://museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/discoverycentre/stolen-childhoods/where-did-the-children-go/; Parks, Andy, 'Forgotten no longer', Northern Rivers Echo, 10 May 2012, http://www.echonews.com.au/news/forgotten-no-longer/1374412/.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry