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Personal stories

WARNING: This website contains confronting and disturbing content, and names and images of deceased people. It may not be suitable for children under 15 years. Many of the historical images show an official, sanitised view which did not reflect reality. The faces of some adolescents have been blurred to protect privacy.


Personal stories

Children and workers in a group photo.

This website uses words, photos and objects from people who spent time growing up in Children's Homes, orphanages and other 'care' institutions.

These pages feature personal contributions to the National Museum of Australia's Inside exhibition. They tell only a small part of each person's story.

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Allan Allaway
Anonymous submissions to Senate inquiries
Anthony R
Lucy Bartholomew
Peter Bent
Jeanette Blick
Jenny Bosanquet
Julie Braddock

Raymond Brand

Anthony Brennan
William Brennan
Gordon Briscoe
Peter Brownbill
Mary Brownlee


Dilys Budd

Graham Budd

Juanita Burr
Pamela Buss

Main image: Children at Silky Oaks Children's Home (crop). Courtesy Diane Tronc.

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