Reports and Stories of the Forgotten Australians throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
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November 16 2009 then PM Mr Rudd Apologised to the Forgotten Australians

"...They should be honoured for their experience and given every support they need in order to participate fully in the community of which they are part..."

Speech Senator Gary Humphries on the Forgotten Australians Inquiry.

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In the 19th and 20th century a child's placement could have been arranged by the State (a State ward), by a church or welfare organisation or organised privately.

If you were a State ward, a government agency should hold a record of your placement (although some records may no longer exist). The amount of information may vary, from a simple name on a register to a more detailed file. Please consult the State specific sections of this guide for links to relevant agencies and support groups.

If you were not a State ward, you will need to contact the organisation that was responsible for your care. Please consult the State specific sections of this guide for more information. If you do not know the name of the organisation that was responsible for your placement, please contact one of the agencies or support groups listed for advice.

VICTORIA

If you were a State ward in Victoria (up until 1986), contact Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND) at the Department of Human Services to enquire about your file. Direct your enquires to:

Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND)

Level 20, 570 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000

Phone: (03) 8608 5700 or 1300 769 926

Email: findduty@dhs.vic.gov.au

For State ward files dated 1987 and onwards, you will need to lodge a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the Corporate Integrity Information and Resolutions Unit at the Department of Human Services. Direct your enquiries to:

Corporate Integrity Information and Resolutions unit

Department of Human Services

Level 21, 50 Lonsdale street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Freedom of Information reception:

Phone: (03) 9096 8449

Fax: (03) 9096 7459

A list of known organisations that managed children's institutions throughout Australia (including location of records if known) is available to view at the Find And Connect website.

For advice, support and family searching services, contact Open Place - a Victorian support service for Forgotten Australians.

ALL IS NOT LOST

If you were not a State ward, you will need to contact the organisation that was responsible for your care. A list of known organisations that managed children's institutions in Victoria (including location of records if known) is available to view at the Pathways Victoria website. If you are unsure of the name of the organisation, or if they no longer exist, contact Open Place for assistance.

For advice, support and family searching services, contact Open Place - a Victorian support service for Forgotten Australians.

HISTORICAL RECORDS

Index to children's registers c.1850-1893 [microform] / compiled by Jenny Carter and Marion Paul ; edited by John Hollis.

Available in the State Library's Genealogy Centre. This index is also available to search on Ancestry Library Edition, available onsite to Library users.

Index to children in Victorian institutions, 1860-1863 [microform] / [compiled by Helen Doxford Harris].

Available in the State Library's Genealogy Centre.

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FORGOTTEN AUSTRALIAN LINKS TO ACCESSING RECORDS

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LINKS

It is not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians. Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Department of Community Services - You can arrange to view your wardship file, by contacting a Community Services Centre

If you do not currently live in NSW, you will need to contact the Freedom of Information Unit:

Locked Bag 4028

Ashfield NSW 1800

Fax: 02 9716 3400

Aftercare Resource Centre (NSW)

Specialist service funded to support people who, as children, have been in care in New South Wales.

Salvation Army Special Search Service

P.O.Box A435 SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235

Telephone (02) 9211 6491

1300 667 366

Email: SpecialSearch@aue.salvationarmy.org

Origins (NSW)

Supports Forgotten Australians through the Origins Harp Healing and Recovery Project

HISTORICAL RECORDS

Mittagong Farm Home for Boys, 1907-21

Orphan schools, 1817-86

Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children, 1852-1915

Sydney Benevolent Asylum Index to Admissions and Discharges 1857-1900

QUEENSLAND

Department of Communities

To access your ward file, contact the Right to Information/Privacy Team.


MISSING PIECES - Information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records

Provides information about accessing records held by church and community agencies which ran children's homes.


Aftercare Resource Centre (QLD)

Specialist service funded to support people who, as children, have been in care in Queensland


Historical Abuse Network (QLD)

The Historical Abuse Network is for people who have experienced abuse in institutions, foster care and detention in Queensland.


HISTORICAL RECORDS


Index to registrar of Townsville Orphanage 1878-1911

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Department for Families and Communities 'Post Care Services (PCS)'

Provides assistance in accessing records for adults who were in State or Out of Home Care as children in South Australia. Support services are also available.

SA Link-Up - Finding Your Own Way

Guide to accessing records of South Australian children's homes and institutions. This site also aims to assist Indigenous people

HISTORICAL RECORDS

State Records of South Australia - Online Indexes

Ledgers of children boarded out, Ledger C, 1862-c1882 and 1884-c1900

The South Australian library more than likely should point in the right direction.

TASMANIA

Department of Health & Human Services

Contact the Department to order a copy of your wardship file

HISTORICAL RECORDS

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Includes a list of boys confined at the Boys' Reformatory Training School between 1884 and 1896. Full register is held at the Tasmanian Archives Office

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Department for Child Protection's 'Family Information Records Bureau'

Administers government records about your care.

Redress

Support service for Western Australian care leavers.

Signposts

A guide for children and young people in care from the 1920's.

C'BERS Consultancy (WA

Provides assistance to former residents and students of Christian Brothers, Sisters of Mercy and Sisters of Nazareth childcare institutions.

HISTORICAL RECORDS

The following resource is available to view in the State Library of Victoria's Genealogy Centre

Swanleigh admission and discharge records 1868-1960 [microform] / compiled by Shirley Meek with assistance from Kay Frost and Ivy Beeson.

Territories

A part of the story Government has neglected to include in the 500,000 Forgotten Australians.

On Advice Given

If you were in care, in the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory please contact CLAN: Care Leavers Australia Network for assistance in accessing your file. CLAN is a support and advocacy group for Australians who were brought up in care: as state wards, foster children, orphanages, and other institutions.

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This image dedicated to all those abused whilst under Institutional care.
It is not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians. Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.