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Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions

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Forgotten Australians education kit cover

National Museum of Australia

Inside blog
Stories, images, poetry, artworks, memories, sound and video shared by people who were placed in institutions as children

Inside audio series
Download interviews and read transcripts of events associated with the Inside exhibition at the National Museum. Guests include Caroline Carroll, Bonney Djuric, Al Fletcher, Frank Golding, Christine Harms, Derek Moriarty, Joanna Penglase, Rachael Romero and Jack Thompson.

Forgotten Australians: What can they tell us about Australian society in the 20th century? education kit
A unit of work developed by the National Museum for year 10-12 students

Kinchela Boys Home gate collection highlight

National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia oral histories
The National Library has recorded and digitised more than 100 interviews with Forgotten Australians and others associated with 'care' institutions

Trove search results
Newspaper reports documenting children's homes and orphanage mentions in digitised Australian newspapers before 1953

Further reading

Robert Adamson, Inside Out: An Autobiography, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2004

Philip Bean and Joy Melville, Lost Children of the Empire, Unwin Hyman, London, 1989

Judith Bessant, Richard Hil and Rob Watts (eds), Violations of Trust: How Social and Welfare Institutions Fail Children and Young People, Hampshire, Ashgate, 2005

Bruce Blyth, Counting the Cost: Christian Brothers and Child Abuse in Australian Orphanages, P & B Press, Como, Western Australia, 1999

Bruce Blyth, In the Shadow of the Cross: The Story of VOICES: How the Christian Brothers' Victims Fought for Justice, P & B Press, Como, Western Australia, 1997

Margaret Camilleri (edited by Margaret Jacobs and Robyn Hollander), Life Lines: Stories by Women in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, Melbourne's Living Museum of the West, Williamstown, Victoria, about 1985

Barry M Coldrey, Child Migration and the Western Australian Boys Homes, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1991

Barry M Coldrey, Child Migration from Malta to Australia 1930s to 1960s, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1992

Barry M Coldrey, Francis Paul Keaney and Child Care in Western Australia, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1992

Barry M Coldrey, Brother Paul Keaney's Apprenticeship Scheme at Clontarf and Bindoon Boys Towns, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1993

Barry M Coldrey, Pocket Money, Wages, Exploitation and Slavery at Bindoon and Tardun Boys Homes, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1993

Barry M Coldrey, The Scheme: The Christian Brothers and Childcare in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific Publishing, O'Connor, Western Australia, 1993

Barry M Coldrey, Child Migration to Catholic Institutions in Australia: Objects, Policies, Realities, 1926-1966, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1995

Barry M Coldrey, Child Migration: Consent of Parents to their Children's Emigration: the Legal and Moral Dimension, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1996

Barry M Coldrey, Child Migration under the Management of the Australian and British Governments: National Archives of Australia files, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, about 1999

Barry M Coldrey, Youth Migration under organisations such as Dreadnought Trust, Big Brother Movements, YMCA, Young Australian League: National Archives of Australia files, BM Coldrey, Thornbury, Victoria, about 1999

Barry M Coldrey, Child migration under the management of Dr Barnardo's Homes, Fairbridge and the Lady Northcote Trust: National Archives of Australia files, BM Coldrey, Thornbury, Victoria, about  1999

Barry M Coldrey, Child Migration under organisations within the Catholic Church: National Archives of Australia files, Tamanaraik Press Publishing, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, about 1999

Barry M Coldrey, Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia, National Archives of Australia, Canberra, 1999

Frederick A Coppleman, Not of my Choice, Tasmanian Braille Writers Association, West Tamar, Tasmania, 1994

Douglas Coverdale, It All Turns Out For The Better: One Man's Story of his Time in an Australian Boys' Home 1928-1935, and his Life Thereafter, Action Research Issues Association, Melbourne, 1995

David Crisp, My Life as an Orphan, Athena Press, London, 2008

Kate Davies, When Innocence Trembles: A Survivor's Story, Kapak Publishing, Norfolk Island, 2004

Tony Diamond, Pebble on the Beach, Queenspark Publishers, Brighton, 2006

Bonny Djuric, 14 Years of Hell: An Anthology of the Hay Girls Institution 1961-1974, Women about Hay, Hay, New South Wales, 2008

Bonny Djuric, Abandon All Hope: A History of Parramatta Girls Industrial School, Chargan My Book Publisher, Perth, 2011

Win Evans, A Rejected Childhood, Win Evans and Parker Pattinson Publishing, Sydney, 2001

Merlene Fawdry, The Little Mongrel: Free to a Good Home, M Fawdry, Launceston, Tasmania, 2006

Maureen Flanagan, Along the Way, Lexington Ave Press, Copacabana, 2003

Lily Fontaine, The Other Side: The Untold True Story, Hendon, Queensland, 2011

Alan Gill, Orphans of the Empire: The Shocking Story of Child Migration to Australia, Random House Australia, Milson's Point, 1998

Bob Golding, Behind and Beyond the Brick Walls, Open Place, Maldon, 2011

Frank Golding, An Orphan's Escape: Memories of a Lost Childhood, Lothian Books, South Melbourne, 2005

Ivy Gretchell, The Pea Picker's Daughter, Zeus Publications, Burleigh, 2009

Vicki Griffin, Like Mother, Like Daughter: The Story of Australia's Youngest Grandmother, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990

Kaye Healey, Children in Care, The Spinney Press, Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, 1993

Flo Hickson, Flo: Child Migrant from Liverpool, Plowright Press, Warwick, United Kingdom, 1998

Richard Hil and Elizabeth Branigan (eds), Surviving Care: Achieving Justice and Healing for the Forgotten Australians, Bond University Press, Robina, 2010

David Hill, The Forgotten Children: Fairbridge Farm School and its Betrayal of Australia's Child Migrants, Random House Australia, North Sydney, 2007

Robert Hirst, One Man's Story: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse: An Autobiography, Robert Hirst, Victor Harbour, South Australia, 2008

Ann Howard and Eric Leonard, After Barnardo: The Phenomenon of Child Migration from Tilbury to Sydney from 1921-1965, Tarka Publishing, Danger Island, New South Wales, 1999

Laurie Humphreys, A Chip Off What Block?: A Child Migrant's Tale, Laurie Humphreys, Samson, Western Australia, 2007

Margaret Humphreys, Empty Cradles, Doubleday, Sydney, 2004

Roger Kershaw and Janet Sacks, New Lives For Old: The Story of Britain's Child Migrants, National Archives, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom, 2008

Sharyn Killens and Lindsay Lewis, The Inconvenient Child: An Abandoned Australian Child Struggles to Survive and find her American Father, Miracle Publishing, Sydney, 2010

Howard C Jones, Orphanage Survivors: A True Story of St John's Thurgoona, Howard Campbell Jones, 2010

Cheryl Jorgensen, The Taint, Boolarong Press, Salisbury, Queensland, 2008

Ivor A Knight, Out of Darkness: Growing up with the Christian Brothers, Fremantle Arts Press, South Fremantle, 1998

George Lee and Jennie Thomas, Going Dingo, Zeus Publications, Burleigh, Queensland, about 2006

Betty (Elizabeth) Lockyer, Last Truck Out, Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation, Broome, 2009

James Marsh, Deadly Charades, Zeus Publications, Burleigh, Queensland, 2009

Suellen May Murray, John Murphy, Elizabeth Branigan and Jenny Malone, After the Orphanage: Life Beyond the Children's Home, University of New South Wales Press Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, 2009

K Meekins, Red Tape Rape, K Meekins, Adelaide, 2008

Paul Noble, Noble Spirit, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2006

Margo O'Byrne, Left Unsaid, South Beach Publications, Fremantle, 2009

Michael P O'Rouke and Dora Whitley, In the Care of the Christian Brothers in Western Australia; I Was Just A Number: The Story of Michael O'Rourke at Castledare and Clontarf, Western Australia, in the 1950s, MP O'Rourke, Perth, 1989

Narelle O'Rourke/Kaczmarowski, Mercia: A Song of Love, Lulu Enterprises, 2010

Lionel Pearce, Feathers of the Snow Angel: Memories of a Child in Exile, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, Western Australia, 2002

Joanna Penglase, Orphans of the Living. Growing up in 'Care' in Twentieth Century Australia, Fremantle Press, Fremantle, 2007

John Ramsland, Children of the Back Lanes, University of New South Wales Press, Kensington, 1986

Peter Read, Tripping Over Feathers: Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams, University of Western Australia Press, 2009

Ronnie Sabin and Rod Maxwell, English Hell to Aussie Heaven, RR Enterprises, Christchurch, 2006

P Scottney-Turbill, Morialta: Fire in the Mist, P Scottney-Turbill, Stirling, South Australia, 1994

Kate Shayler, The Long Way Home: The Story of a Homes Kid, Random House Australia, New South Wales, 2001

Kate Shayler, A Tuesday Thing: The Passionate Sequel to The Long Way Home, Random House Australia, New South Wales, 2004

Geoffrey Sherington and Chris Jeffery, Fairbridge: Empire and Child Migration, Woburn Press education series, London, 1998

Jan Simmonds and Anne Gollan, For Simmo, Cassell Australia, Stanmore, New South Wales, 1980

Ryszard Szablicki, Orphanage Boy: Through the Eyes of Innocence, New Holland Publishers, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, 2007

Charlie Walker, Charlie the Ratbag Orphan: An Orphan Survivor in Australia: Autobiography, The Flea Company, Heidelberg West 2010

L P Welsh, Geordi: Orphan of the Empire, P & B Press, Como, Western Australia, 1990

L P Welsh (edited by Bruce Blyth), The Bindoon File, P & B Press, Como, Western Australia, 1990

Garnett B Williams, Nightmare at Neerkol, Williams, Garnett Bruce, Southtown, Queensland, 2004

Fred Wingrave and Alice Jansen, Burnside from the Inside 1916-1926, Genial Enterprises, Emu Plains, New South Wales, 2002

Fred Wingrave and Alice Jansen, Outside Burnside, Genial Enterprises, Emu Plains, New South Wales, 2003

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