Forgotten Australians

Illegally adopted

Wayne (Hank) Edward Lewis (illegally adopted - Cottrell) writes, "I changed my name back to my family name - "Lewis" after the death of my adopted parents and after finally the archaic "Adoption Laws" were changed at end of 1993, and I was finally able to find my natural family only to find my Natural Mother had died in a state of depression 20yrs prior - she came back to Australia to try to find me, with no luck, I felt deprived, because of those Adoption Laws!"

articles/lectures, documents, Forgotten Australians, memories

Medical testing on children

The University of Melbourne, in 2009, acknowledged its prior use of children in orphanages as human guinea-pigs in medical research in 2009. Read Tom Thompson's recollections of men in white coats giving him injections at a Children's Home in Parkville, VIC.

Forgotten Australians, photos, poetry

Summer

At the age of twelve, Janice was taken by her grandparents and father to Mount Saint Canice, one of the Magdalene Laundries. The laundry was run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Hobart, Tasmania. Now Janice lives in California, USA, where she enjoys writing and tending her beautiful garden. Here she shares one of her recent poems.