ceramic elephant with broken trunk canvas shoes badges from Morialta Homes baby doll dressed in white wool suitcase badges from Roslyn Hall Children's Home, Murray Dwyer Boys Orphanage, Protestant Homes Booklet from Burwood Boys' Home – 'Valuable Household Hints'


Photos from people who experienced institutional care, and the National Library of Australia collection.  

Mike O'Donoghue seated in front of a fence
Child Migrant Mike O'Donoghue at Clontarf Boys Town
Outdoor scene showing large group of boys, barefoot, digging with shovels, walking on planks
Child labour site, Clontarf Boys Town
Kilmany Park Boys Home, Sale, Victoria
Dormitory bed-making at Good Shepherd Girls Home, Ashfield
Monopoly at Good Shepherd Girls Home, Ashfield
Music at Good Shepherd Girls Home, Ashfield
Entertainment at Goulburn Boys Home
Children at Burnside, New South Wales
St Vincent de Paul's Orphanage, Goodwood, Adelaide
St Brigid's Convent Orphanage, Ryde
Hard labour at Hay Institution for Girls

From Lost Innocents:

We were made to feel we were not human. We were not called by our names. We were numbered Ö Everything we wore was numbered.

From Forgotten Australians:

After lights went out you would be quite often awakened by the younger boys crying for their parents Ö if the officer heard it Ö everyone had to stand at the end of their bed until the boy who had been crying was found. The officer then flogged the boy.