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Great evil has been done ...

The Australian Government made a National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants for the suffering they had experienced in ‘out of home’ care, in November 2009. The year before, the government apologised to the Stolen Generations.

For some, such apologies carry great meaning. For others, they are just words.

Leaving the homes did not mean the homes left those who had spent time there. For good or bad, that experience remained part of their lives.

Although there were good outcomes from these apologies, many issues of justice and healing belonging to this story remain unresolved.

We were in the homes 14:07

This video has no sound. It includes photos by the National Museum’s George Serras and Jeremy Lucas from the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, Canberra, 2009; the national apology to former residents of the Salvation Army Homes, by the Salvation Army, Canberra, 2010; Forgotten Australians and Child Protection Week Committee Remembrance Day, Brisbane, 2011.

Rhonda Trivett: ‘I started a joke’ 02:58

Rhonda Trivett performs karaoke of the Bee Gees’ song ‘I started a joke’, 2010. John Kovacs. Rhonda was incarcerated for 8 years from the age of 13 in the locked adult psychiatric ward at Wolston Park Psychiatric Hopsital, Queensland. There was no diagnosis of mental illness. View transcript

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