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A new Inside exhibition website has been launched to coincide with the third anniversary of the Australian Government's National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.
The Remembrance Day 2011 event in Brisbane on 7 December was well attended and affirming. Includes photographs from the event.
"Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions" opened 15 November, 2011 at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Here are some photographs from the event, taken by George Serras.
Janice Konstantinidis was an inmate in Mount Saint Canice, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, where she worked as an unpaid child labourer in the Good Shepherd Sisters’ commercial laundry. Janice now lives in California in USA. Here she shares her writing about her paternal grandmother.
Wayne (Hank) Edward Lewis (illegally adopted - Cottrell) writes, "I changed my name back to my family name - "Lewis" after the death of my adopted parents and after finally the archaic "Adoption Laws" were changed at end of 1993, and I was finally able to find my natural family only to find my Natural Mother had died in a state of depression 20yrs prior - she came back to Australia to try to find me, with no luck, I felt deprived, because of those Adoption Laws!"
Interdisciplinary artist Rachael Romero is currently creating the Magdalene Laundry Diary drawings for her forthcoming film. Here she shares some more images from her work in progress.
Former Child Migrant Rupert Hewison shares his personal history, from his time at St. Faith's Home in Surry, UK to his being sent to Fairbridge House ‘Tresca’ in Tasmania.
Janice Konstantinidis was an inmate in Mount Saint Canice, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, where she worked as an unpaid child labourer in the Good Shepherd Sisters' commercial laundry. Janice now lives in California in USA. Here, she shares one of her recent poems.
We were deeply distressed yesterday to realise that due to a software malfunction, our email invitations to the opening were not delivered.