Former inmate of Westbrook Farm Home for Boys, Alfred Fletcher, will speak at the National Museun of Australia on Thursday 1 September 2011 at 12.30 - 1.30 pm, in the Friends Lounge.
Juanita Maria Burr, nee Broderick, was a resident of Nudgee Orphanage, Queensland, from 1944 (the year of her birth) to 1961. Here she shares a recollection, including photos of her singing at the World Expo, 1988, Brisbane.
'The Superintendent said, "Don't look at me in that tone of voice" and banged boy 90's head several times against the tin wall'. Read the full 1961 report of the Inquiry into Westbrook Farm Home for Boys by Stipendiary Magistrate, Mr AE Schwarten.
Leigh Westin, who grew up in Scarba House and Parramatta Girls Home, is sewing a memorial entitled "No More Silent Tears for Forgotten Australians". The memorial is comprised of a large panel of handkerchiefs each decorated by those who spent time in a Children's Home or institution.
The Australian Senate recently voted against Senator Nick Xenophon's motion that the Heiner Affair be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report. Listen to Bravehearts' founder Hetty Johnston's response.
'My heart broke for these defenseless people and still does today.' Gwen (Sandra) Robinson was placed in Wolston Park Hospital, Tufnell Home and Home of the Good Shepherd Mitchelton. Here, she remembers her experiences at Wolston Park.
'I stopped correcting them, and certainly stopped respecting them': Jessica Dalton describes her time at Lowson House, Royal Brisbane Hospital, in 1980. Jessica was 20 at the time but some of her experiences were similar to those recounted by Forgotten Australians who were admitted to adult wards of psychiatric hospitals as children.
Senator Nick Xenophon is aiming to gain support for an inquiry into the Heiner Affair, according to a report on ABC Radio Brisbane.
Singer/songwriter Christine Harms was admitted to Nazareth House, Wynnum, Queensland at the age of three and left when she was 13. Her original song "On Eagle's Wings", recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is a reflection on her experiences in the Home.
Silky Oaks Children's Home was founded by the Open Brethren and first opened in Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland in 1940. In 1946 the Home was relocated to Manly. Former Silky Oaks resident Diane Tronc shares historical photos of the Home and the May 2011 Silky Oaks Reunion.