Rupert Hewison a former Child Migrant from Britain shares the photographs he took as an eight year old at Fairbridge House, Tresca, in Tasmania.
On 15 April 2011 Dennis Fogarty posted a request on our Message Board, asking if anyone had photos taken during 1955-56, of Nazareth House in Sebastopol, Victoria. Gabrielle Short has kindly forwarded the following photos.
Bob McGuire shares his recent photographs of Parkerville Children's Home, WA.
"Imay not have been an orphan in the real sense of the word, and my experience at Clontarf as a state ward, however, was full of orphaning experiences”. Godfrey Gilmour, a retired Anglican priest, noticed himself as a child in a photograph, published on this website, taken by Mick O’Donoghue at Clontarf Boys Town in the 1950s. Here, he shares his experiences as a child migrant from a loving family in Malta to the humiliating conditions at Clontarf.
Award-winning film maker and visual artist, Rachael Romero, writes about the image of the knife that was used in a theatre production at the Pines (Convent of the Good Shepherd):
In January 2010, Janice Konstantinidis returned to her former Home, Mount Saint Canice, Sandy Bay, Tasmania to witness its redevelopment into luxury apartments.
Girls who entered Children's Homes were often subjected, without explanation, to harsh physical exmainations. Wilma Robb shares a photo of the table used for internal examinations at Parramatta Girls Home.
This photograph kindly forwarded to the National Museum by Oliver Cosgrove shows the interior of the chapel at the former Clontarf Boys Town, now Clontarf Aboriginal College.
On 1 April 2008, the South Australian Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry report was tabled in State Parliament. Commissioner Ted Mullighan QC led the associated inquiry which included 1592 allegations of sexual abuse and the investigation of the deaths of 924 children in state care.
The Now and Then Project links old and new photographs. In one example Alex Smee used an image of Broome's Holy Child Orphanage in 1941 to link with a new photograph of Ida Kelly, a former resident of the Children's Home.