New exhibition at Australian Orphanage Museum

A new temporary exhibition opened at Australian Orphanage Museum on Tuesday 6 June 2023. Our Lives, Our Stories: Geelong Care Leavers Talking Back to Their Records features stories from people who lived in some of Geelong’s thirteen children’s Homes and Orphanages. The exhibition enables the voices of Care Leavers toRead More

Australian Orphanage Museum Collection News

Did you know that the green jacket worn by ex-Royal Commissioner Jennifer Coate is in Australian Orphanage Museum in Care Leavers Activism Room? Jen also donated $150 towards the framing of the jacket for the exhibition. Thanks to Jen for this kind donation!  

Australian Orphanage Museum Grand opening

Media release                                                     16th March, 2023 CLAN OPENS AUSTRALIAN ORPHANAGE MUSEUM Deputy Prime Minister and CLAN patron Richard Marles will officially open the Australian Orphanage Museum at 351 Ryrie Street, Geelong on 1st April, 2023. The Orphanage Museum exhibits its unique collection of historic artefacts and memorabilia from a dark chapterRead More

Office Christmas closure dates

Wishing all Clannies & supporters a safe and happy Christmas & New Year! Office closure dates: Last day: Friday 23rd of December 2022 First day back: Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Coping with Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time for a lot of people for different reasons. Whilst Christmas is meant to be a happy time it can also be quite stressful, it may highlight financial hardship and many mourn the loss of a loved one or the disappointment they have experienced duringRead More

Labor pledges extra $15m to child abuse Redress – Amanda Rishworth states 09/11/22

Labor pledges extra $15m to child abuse redress scheme as backlog grows

Great News for Victorian Care Leavers -13/10/22

Compo ‘overdue’ for Vic care abuse victims

Abuse in Care: Ministry of Social Development fronts royal commission as first witnesses take the stand

Public Service minister Chris Hipkins addresses the interim report of findings by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care Interview by Minister in link:  

See ‘Sleeplessness’ at Carriageworks, Eveleigh NSW for $25 (RRP $50) – Care Leaver’s daughter writes a play

A CLAN member’s daughter, Kaz Therese has developed a play – Sleeplessness. Part-mystery, part-documentary, part-forensic investigation. Sleeplessness is a quintessentially Australian story about three generations of Western Sydney women. Fusing film, text and choreography, this acclaimed contemporary practitioner throws a fine light on the intergenerational impact of institutionalisation and migration. OnRead More

22 years ago: the first published media article CLAN was ever featured in!

It’s been nearly 22 years since CLAN was first published in the media. On 14 October 2000, Good Weekend magazine published “The anguish of being left: Stories of life in Australia’s children’s homes”, written by Nikki Barrowclough. CLAN Co-founders Joanna Penglase and Leonie Sheedy are both featured. Read the fullRead More

Tania Maxwell MP asks why there is no redress scheme for ALL abused Care Leavers in VIC

Source: Thank you Tania Maxwell MP for bringing this important issue to parliament and asks why the State has not yet provided a redress scheme for care leavers who experienced physical, psychological and emotional abuse while in Victorian orphanages. “In the absence of commonwealth action, as with other redressRead More