Useful Links

Listed below are some useful links for your convenience. Jump to a particular section by using the link categories to your left. If you find a broken link, please contact us direct. Thank you



Guide To Finding and Understanding Records


Find and Connect – National Contact

The Find & Connect web resource is a website for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. It brings together historical resources relating to institutional ‘care’ in Australia. You can use it to

*   read information about and view images of children’s Homes
*   get help to find records about your childhood in ‘care’
*   connect with support groups and services in your state/territory


Finding Your Own Way A guide to records of children’s homes in South Australia

This guide is published by SA Link-Up ‘to provide a resource for Aboriginal people seeking personal records’. However, it is also described in the Introduction as ‘a research guide to existing records of South Australian children’s homes and institutions, both government and non-government’. So it is in effect a guide for all, whether white or black, to available records of orphanages and Children’s Homes in South Australia.


NSW Government “Connecting Kin A Guide to Records A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records”

This publication is designed to help people separated from their families to search for their records. It covers both state and non-government Homes and past services. You can consult the guide in your local library or your local NSW Community office, or access it through the link above.


Queensland Government – “Missing Pieces: Information to assist former residents of children

The Queensland Department of Families is committed to providing former residents with information about themselves. “Missing Pieces” is one of the strategies in place to meet this commitment. This publication is designed to assist former residents by providing information about the records of institutions that have been located to this date.


New Zealand Reference Guide: Orphanages and Children’s Homes in Otago and Sutherland

A guide to some of the Homes in the South Island of New Zealand, with information on the location of records.


Western Australian Government “Signposts: A guide for children and young people in care in WA from 1920”

“Signposts” aims to help adult care leavers who were placed in residential, out of home care as children – or who have lived in Supported Accommodation as a young person – find records and other documents related to their time in those facilities. The publication contains information and contact details for more than 200 facilities that provided some sort of residential, out-of-home care in Western Australia from 1920, and sometimes even earlier, as well as the history of institutions, where known.


Who Am I? Making Records Meaningful

Hearing about the experiences of Care Leavers from Care Leavers themselves is a great way to understand the importance of records.

Researchers from the Who am I? project studied how records are kept for children in care today. Starting with a video interview with a Forgotten Australian and a younger Care Leaver, they have written an online guide about record-keeping which helps people in care have a positive sense of self.

The guide – Who am I? Making Records Meaningful – helps carers and workers understand records from the point of view of Care Leavers themselves. It includes a number of tip sheets, including one about helping people to access their records.


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Government Inquiries into Care


Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry, South Australia

Go to this website for information about The Commission of Inquiry (Children in State Care) which was set up in South Australia in November 2004 to inquire into allegations of sexual abuse of children who were in state care, and into allegations of criminal misconduct that resulted in the death of a child in state care. This inquiry is still taking evidence. The Commissioner, Hon. Ted Mullighan, is prepared to listen to all stories, so if you were raised in a South Australian orphanage, Children’s Home or in foster care, please contact the Commission and tell them your story. You can ring on a national toll free number – 1800 258 668.


Review of Claims Abuse of Children in State Care, Tasmania

This link contains the review by the Tasmanian government  undertaken over a 10 year period. Tasmania’s Claims of Abuse in State Care Program (the Program) was first announced by the Tasmanian Government in July 2003. The Program operated for 10 years over four separate rounds, and has helped more than 1 800 people.


Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care

This link contains the Senate Report, Submissions and Recommendations


Senate Community Affairs References Committee

Go to this link for information about the 2001 Senate Inquiry into Child Migration, and to read submissions to the Inquiry, as well as its report, “Lost Innocents: Righting the Record”.


Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care

“Forgotten Australians”, the report from this groundbreaking inquiry, was released in August 2004. It contains 39 recommendations for reparation and redress for Australians who grew up in institutional care. The Federal government has not yet responded to the report. A second report by the committee, dealing with children in out of home care today and called “Protecting Vulnerable Children”, was released in March 2005, and is also still awaiting response from the government.


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Other useful links


Citizen activism: reclaiming childhood rights

This film series is part of the Museum of Australian Democracy exhibition Democracy: Are you in? The short films were developed from a partnership between MoAD, La Trobe University, and Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN).


Institutionalized Childhood: The Orphanage Remembered

Drawing on published memoirs, oral histories, and the testimonies presented to recent Australian inquiries into the experiences of children who grew up in out-of-home care, this article explores orphanages and related institutions both as represented spaces and as spaces of representation. It argues that although orphanages were efficient but soulless environments that all too often harbored spaces of both physical and sexual abuse, the children, as individuals or as parts of groups, also shaped these environments, investing them with meaning never anticipated by their founders.


Department of Family and Community Services – NSW

  • To report suspected abuse or neglect of children or young people phone the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.
  • For housing assistance and to report maintenance issues phone the Housing Contact Centre on 1300 468 746.
  • For after-hours temporary accommodation assistance phone 1800 152 152.
  •  For information on Domestic Violence, including support options, phone 1800 65 64 63.


The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc.

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc. is the peak body for the child and family services sector.


Infochange Australia – Technology for Social Justice

Infochange Australia is a not-for-profit community organisation based in Melbourne, Victoria with a mission to create social equality and opportunity by empowering people through access to information technology and enabling the exchange of information and ideas.


Information for Improving Aged Care for Care Leavers/Forgotten Australians

This link will take you to the relevant information on the Department of Health and Ageing website for information on improving aged care for Care Leavers.


Legal Services Commission of South Australia

The Commission provides legal assistance through two programs – the Access Services Program and the Representation Program. Within the Access Services Program, staff provide advice, minor assistance, community legal education and publications, including the Law Handbook Online. The Representation Program is commonly called Legal Aid. When services beyond advice and minor assistance are required, people must apply for Legal Aid. The Commission has several offices, go to their website for contact details.


Mensline Australia: A helpline specifically for men

MensLine Australia aims to:

  • provide a national 24 hour telephone counselling referral service for men and families with relationship concerns that is highly visible, accessible and respected and provides prompt, safe, anonymous and respectful support to callers
  • raise awareness in the community and influence policy and service developments by providing dynamic, relevant and credible research and information about the aspirations, concerns and difficulties men face in their personal relationships
  • facilitate personal, interpersonal and cultural change through consultancy, education and training for men, women, families, work places and the community.


Child Family Community Australia

CFCA is an information, advisory and research unit focused on child abuse prevention, child protection and out-of-home care.


Public Record Office of Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria holds records created by Victorian government departments and authorities, the State’s courts, municipalities, schools, public hospitals and other public offices.

The records date from the establishment of the Port Phillip District in the mid 1830s and include information relating to areas of activity managed or regulated by government such as the administration of justice, immigration, health and welfare, land, education, Indigenous communities, planning, transport, and resource management


The Orphanage Museum of the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children (USA)

There were 10,635 of them between 1886 and 1945. Kids orphaned or abandoned or abused and sent to Owatonna, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children.

For some, it was a circle of hell; for others, a safe haven.

The Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum
was founded to Remember the Children.


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Sites by Homies



A website “dedicated to those boys who were in Blackheath Boys Home Oxley from 1927 to 1963”


Linnwood Hall

Also known as Lynwood Hall, Lyndwood Hall. Click on the link to launch the website for the Hall, once a residential Home for girls operated by the NSW Department of Child Welfare, now a Heritage listed building.



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State Libraries


National Library of Australia

NT Library & Information Service

State Library of New South Wales

State Library of Tasmania

State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Queensland

The State Library of South Australia


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Where to get more information



Established in 2006, the Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA) is a national group of organisations and individuals from across Australia that promotes the interests of the estimated 500,000 people who experienced institutional or other out-of-home care as children in the last century and who suffered physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse.

AFA is commited to:

  • obtaining adequate acknowledgement, accountability and redress for past wrongs
  • achieving the full implementation of the recommendations of the Senate Report, overseen by a National Watch Committee
  • supporting current efforts to highlight child protection issues, including those relating to Indigenous people and child migrants.



This is a non-denominational support group for people who have been abused sexually, physically or emotionally in religious institutions. These institutions include parishes, church schools, church youth clubs and church-affiliated Children’s Homes. The offenders may be priests, ministers, religious brothers, church-school teachers, lay officials or other church personnel. Broken Rites offers support and advocacy for victims throughout the justice process. It operates throughout Australia, with a network of contacts in all states. Broken Rites is non-profit and unfunded, relying on donations.


Care Leavers Association UK (British CLA)

The CLA is a user led charity run by Care Leavers for Care Leavers from the UK. They aim to bring together the voices of Care Leavers of all ages so that we improve the current care system, improve the quality of life of care leavers throughout their life and change for the better society’s perception of people who have been in care.


Child Migrants Trust AUS & UK

The Child Migrants Trust, a registered charity in both Australia and Britain, provides a range of social work services, including counselling and support for family reunions. The Trust’s offices in Nottingham, UK as well as Perth and Melbourne in Australia also offer information, advice and family research to former child migrants and their families.


Friends of the Orphan School and St John’s Park Precinct TAS

The Friends of the Orphan School and St John’s Park Precinct (FOSP) was formed in December 2007 under the umbrella of the National Trust in Tasmania, to highlight the importance of this significant heritage site and ensure its preservation and conservation.


Lotus Place QLD

Lotus Place is a dedicated support service and resource centre for people who experienced abuse in an institutional setting including out-of-home care.

It was due to the hard work of the Historical Abuse Network and a commitment by State and Federal Governments to those who were harmed in church, state, foster care, detention centres and adult mental health institutions – that Lotus Place was established. It was the first of its kind in Australia.


Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust NZ

If you or someone you care about was sexually abused during childhood the MSSAT in New Zealand can provide one on one support – in person, telephone or via email, peer support, group support, residential workshops, referral to ACC approved counselors and therapists and educational and ad advocacy resources.


Networked Knowledge SA

This  site has a special section on setting out the reports of those who have been in both state and church care. It will focus on alleged miscarriages of justice in South Australia. The media monitoring section contains transcripts of a wide range of programs which have been broadcast over the last three years.


Open Place VIC

Open Place is a support and advocacy service that co-ordinates and provides direct assistance to address the needs of people who grew up in Victorian orphanages and homes during the last century. We aim to help people who identify as Forgotten Australians to deal with the legacy of their childhood experiences and provide support to improve their health and well-being.


Origins NSW

This is a support group for adoption support and provides support and information to people separated by adoption and regular support meetings where mothers have the freedom to speak and be heard in a safe place.


Elm Place SA

Elm Place is the home of support services to people whose lives have been affected by institutional and out-of-home care as children specifically, Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants, the Stolen Generations and people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Right of Place IRE

Provides support to survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland.  Includes educational re-training and other support programs, such as: The National Counseling Service, Family Tracing, Social Welfare, Repatriation and Social Housing Scheme and Pensions.


Siblings Together UK

A UK organisation which supports siblings who are separated by care.


Wattle Place NSW

Wattle Place is a service for Forgotten Australians funded by the NSW state government. People who were in care in NSW up to the 1990’s can access the service, no matter where they live now.


Lanterns WA

Lanterns House is specifically equipped to provide support and assistance to people who want to connect with other service and support organisations that may be able to help them at this time in their lives.