badges from Roslyn Hall Children's Home, Murray Dwyer Boys Orphanage, Protestant Homes 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



  • Find and Connect Web Resource – a resource for Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and anyone interested in the history of child welfare in Australia. It contains information and images of children’s homes, help to find records about a person’s childhood in ‘care’, and information about support groups and services.


  • Alliance for Forgotten Australians an alliance of groups and selected individuals promoting the interests of Forgotten Australians through advocacy and projects
  • Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) a network for people who grew up in Australia's orphanages, children's homes and in foster care
  • Child Migrants Trust – an independent professional service for former child migrants, their parents and relatives
  • Forgotten Australians Support Services – a dedicated support service in Brisbane including Lotus Place drop-in centre
  • Parragirls – Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association, which serves as a support network and advocacy group for Forgotten Australians in New South Wales
  • Pathways – historical resources for people who experienced out-of-home 'care' in Victoria.

Media coverage

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Australian Government reports


  • M Fawdry, The Little Mongrel: Free to a Good Home, M Fawdry, Launceston, Tasmania, 2006.
  • S Killens and L Lewis, The Inconvenient Child: A True Story, Miracle Publishing, St Leonards, New South Wales, 2009.
  • K Meekins, Red Tape Rape, K Meekins, Adelaide, 2008.
  • S Murray, J Murphy, E Branigan & J Malone, After the Orphanage: Life Beyond the Children's Home, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2009.
  • J Penglase, Orphans of the Living: Growing up in 'Care' in Twentieth-Century Australia, Curtin University Books, Fremantle, Western Australia, 2005.
  • P Scottney-Turbill, Morialta: Fire in the Mist, P Scottney-Turbill, Stirling, South Australia, 1994.
  • R Szablicki, Orphanage Boy: Through the Eyes of Innocence, New Holland Publishers, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, 2007.
  • C Walker, Charlie, the Ratbag Orphan: An Orphan Survivor in Australia, 2010.
From Lost Innocents:

... it is gut-wrenching to tell your story, you have a hell of a hangover from it, and I feel that you need real experts to do this counselling for child migrants.

From Forgotten Australians:

I am now over 70 years of age but still find my experiences of this Institution remain with me, and some of the traumatic things I experienced still bother me, and I believe have had a profound effect on my life.