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"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.
"Institutional abuse does not stop when we age out of the system". Former Senator Andrew Murray shares the essay that he co-authored with Dr Marilyn Rock "The Enduring Legacy of Growing Up In Care in 20th Century Australia".
The blog will be closed on November 16, 2011 the day that the exhibition "Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions" is open at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Last day for sending posts for the Inside website is 9 November.
Former Child Migrant Rupert Hewison writes about a birthday phonecall from his mother, received while he was at St Faith's Home, Surrey, England, in the 1960s.
'Living is easy with eyes closed', so wrote John Lennon in the song 'Strawberry Fields Forever', of his childhood experiences playing in the grounds of the Strawberry Field Salvation Army Children's Home, Liverpool.
Listen to Alliance for Forgotten Australians' Chair, Caroline Carroll, talk, on SBS Radio, about the 'dark secret' of Australia's history that she argues should be included in Australia's national curriculum.
Read the letter from Superintendent of Quarrier's Homes, Scotland to Former Child Migrant, Hugh McGowan's mother asking for her permission to send her son to Australia.
NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge will move to amend the Roman Catholic Church Trust Property Act so that victims have access to just compensation.
I have edited some contributions recently on the basis that they were not in keeping with the guidelines for this website.