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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.


Dormitory beds with white pillow and spreads.

What does bedtime mean to a child? Is it safety, being tucked in, told a story?

Is it being put to bed by a staff member, in a room with rows of beds?

Here are some bedtime stories from those who spent all or some of their childhood in Children's Homes or institutions.

'There was no-one ... to cuddle, to read us bedtime stories'

Main image: Mittagong Boys Home, New South Wales (detail). Courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

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