The blog is now closed. Thank you for trusting the National Museum to tell your history.
"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.
'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.
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.
Should every day be an R U OK Day? R U OK? is a non-profit Australian organisation which aims to provide a national focus and leadership on suicide prevention.
The National Museum of Australia has produced a resource about Forgotten Australians for teachers of History and Studies of Society. This unit has been sent to every seconday school within Australia.
Michelle Greaves shares 'A Call for Justice', a song recorded by her twin brother, Mark Torr. It's dedicated to all those who spent time in Children's Homes and Institutions. Michelle and Mark were sent to Darling Babies Home, Victoria, at the age of two and then, three years later, to Nunawading Cottage, St John's Home for Boys and Girls.