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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.


Five small children eating from bowls.

What do you want to eat? Did you have enough to eat as child? Our memories of food from childhood are often clear and intense ... what we hated and loved.

Here are some memories of mealtime from people who spent time in Children's Homes and institutions in Australia from the 1920s to 1980s.

'The meals never varied ...'


Graham Budd's 'Northcote Farm School remembered' post on the Inside blog

Main image: Children at Montrose Infants Home, Burwood, New South Wales, 1949 (detail). Courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

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