Booklet from Burwood Boys' Home – 'Valuable Household Hints' 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


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What does ‘personal information’ mean?

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From Lost Innocents:

I am still not sure that my file is complete, they can tell me it is but after being lied to so many times one’s trust in people diminishes.


From Forgotten Australians:

I [aged 71] decided to write about my past in the hope that it will help me to understand myself and to help take away the guilt which has spoilt not only my own life but that of just about everyone else I got close to.