Forgotten Australians are the estimated 500,000 children and child migrants who experienced care in institutions or outside a home setting in Australia during the 20th century. The Australian Senate used the term specifically when reporting on its 2003–04 ‘Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care’.
Children ended up in out-of-home care for a variety of reasons, mainly relating to poverty and family breakdown at a time when there was little support for families in crisis. Residential institutions run by government and non-government organisations were the standard form of out-of-home care during the first half of the 20th century. Children in institutions were sometimes placed in foster homes for short periods, weekends or during holiday periods. There was a move towards smaller group care from the 1950s and a move away from institutional care to kinship and foster care from the 1970s.
In 2009 an official Australian government apology was made to people who had grown up in the institutional system, including former child migrants to Australia. The apology was made by then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
RELEVANT HOMES (WR) :
- St Christopher’s (Church of England) Home for Little Children – Taree NSW Australia http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/ref/nsw/biogs/NE00081b.htm
- Burnside Presbyterian Homes for Children – North Parramatta NSW Australia http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/nsw/NE00252
- Gill Memorial Home For Boys (Salvation Army) – Goulburn NSW Australia http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/nsw/NE00228
APOLOGY TO THE FORGOTTEN AUSTRALIANS & FORMER CHILD MIGRANTS – Click on following link to listen …