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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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