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About the map

What is the Map of Children’s Homes?

Map of Australia showing all children's Homes
The Map of Children’s Homes shows the locations of institutions that provided out-of-home ‘care’ in Australia, including orphanages and missions, family group homes and babies’ homes. It is populated with data from the Find & Connect web resource.

Many people who spent time in ‘care’ as children may not remember the name or exact location of a Home, but may remember geographical landmarks or other nearby features. This map is intended to assist these people in locating the institutions they grew up in.

Please note this map displays historical data overlaid on modern satellite imagery, and is for information purposes only. It should not be used for navigation.

Features

When first accessing the map, you will see a view of Australia, with different coloured place markers displayed. These place markers represent the institutions.

Red place markers represent exact locations, where we are confident in the precise location of the Home.

Blue markers indicate approximate locations. In most cases, the marker on the map is within 500 metres of where the Home was. For example, we may know the street a Home was on, but not the precise street number.

In rural areas, the approximate location may be within 1 kilometre of where the Home was located.

Green markers indicate only the suburb that a Home was in. In these cases we do not have more detailed information about the location of Home, other than the suburb.

If you know of more detailed location information for any of the Homes listed, please contact us and we will update the map.

Changing the view

Switch from satellite to street map view by clicking on the “Map” button and selecting the view you want.

Image showing base map options

Browsing the map

Browse the map by zooming to locations to see the Homes in that area.

Use the buttons on the right-hand side of the screen to zoom in and out and reset the map view back to all of Australia. You can also use your mouse scroll wheel to zoom.

Zoom controls on map

Once you have located a Home of interest, click on its dot to bring up an information box about that Home. It will provide summary information, and a link so you can view the information about the Home on the Find & Connect web resource.

Using the timeline

By default, all Homes from all dates are shown on the map. Limit what you can see by clicking the “Turn on Timeline” button on the workbench on the left-hand side of the screen

A timeline will appear at the bottom of the map. Use the slider to move to the time period you are interested in. All Homes which were open at that time will be displayed.

Turn on timeline button highlighted

 

Searching

Use the search box on the workbench on the left-hand side of the screen to search for a Home name or suburb.

Search results are displayed below the Search box in the Search Results panel, with Homes appearing above suburbs.

The search shows results that exactly match the search words or phrase used. If you do not get the results you expected to see try alternate spellings and punctuation.

Please note that turning on the Timeline will limit search results to the selected year. Turn off the timeline to see all search results.

Homes with multiple locations

Some Homes moved location during the time they were open. This is indicated in the information box which pops up when a Home is selected.

Both the Home open and closed dates (ie the full time the Home was open) and Location start and end dates (the time the Home was at this particular location) are displayed.

Locations with multiple Homes

If you are zoomed out, or if there were multiple Homes at the same location over time, nearby Homes are listed in the information box.

Share or print the map

You can print a map view or share it with others. To do this, click on “Share/Print” in the top right-hand corner, and either click “Copy” to get a link you can share, or “Print” to print off your view.

Share/Print button highlighted

Please note that this feature shares or prints the precise view of the map you have open, including your search results, timeline and any information boxes open at the time of sharing/printing.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback about the Map of Children’s Homes. We are looking to add more improvements and modifications as more people use the map. If you know of more detailed information for Homes, please get in touch so we can add this to the map.

You can send us feedback by going to our feedback form.