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.
Ruby Jane Perkins shares her poem "The Stranger".
View the latest film by Rachael Romero depicting, through drawings and poetry, her experiences at The Pines in South Australia.
Forgotten Australian Diane Mancuso, who recently re-connected with her UK-based sister, shares a poem about her family's history, written by her nephew, Simon Houlders.
'These are my observations, thoughts & feelings', writes Diane Mancuso. Many Forgotten Australians bear the burden of memories associated with institutional 'care'. In this series of poems entitled 'DOCS' (Department of Children's Services), Diane courageously demonstrates the intergenerational risk of children being lost to out-of-home care. The cycle sadly continues.
Carole May Smith shares a poem written by her deceased brother Christopher Peter Carroll. Chris grew up in homes in three states. He died just before Carole was to meet him after a 15 year separation.
Diane Mancuso shares two stories about growing up in a large Irish family in the suburbs, time spent in Bidura children's home and beyond. Diane has also written a poem, 'Billy Billy', about her brother who was also in 'care' and later died on his birthday.
Author and counsellor Margaret Spivey lived in Children's Homes from the age of 18 months to 17 years. 'Warrior's Journey' is Margaret's powerful poem tracing life in welfare and beyond.
Graham Evans, who was sent to st Vincent's Boys Home, Westmead in 1962, has been contributing to this website since it began. Read Graham's latest song lyrics.