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Christmas at “Home”

Wayne Lewis, who spent time in “care” as a child gives a sense of what Christmas could be like, both in “care,” and when actually cared for, growing up out of home.
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Child Endowment records in Canberra

This blog post is to share some good news about newly-available records at the National Archives of Australia (NAA) in Canberra. The records relate to the payment of child endowment to children’s institutions by the Commonwealth government.
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Revisiting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Reading the reports from the deaths in custody Royal Commission, there are many ideas which still resonate today – about access to archival records, about the intergenerational legacy of institutionalisation, about justice.
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The Foundling Museum, London

Babies, usually from unwed mothers, were handed in to the Foundling Hospital until 1954. They were registered with a number & given a new name to disguise any connections to their birth families.
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Records from Victorian institutions newly available

The records are called ‘Voluntary Children’s Homes Files’ and they document interactions between the Victorian state government and various institutions run by charitable or church organisations
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A moment from the International Conference on the History of Records and Archives

Tweets reporting back from the 8th International Conference on the History of Records and Archives, held at Monash University, May 28-30, 2018
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Rescuing the ‘fallen women’ of Tasmania

‘Female rescue homes’ were part of the female rescue movement, based on Evangelical Christian principles. In the nineteenth century, they aimed to reform – through prayer and hard work – ‘fallen women’.
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Sydney’s ‘crisis of infanticide’ in 1873

The Infants’ Home (TIH) was one of the recipients of a RAD2 grant which the organisation used to arrange the digitisation of records and images relating to the Home, which are held at the State Library of New South Wales.  As a result of this work, TIH provided the Find & Connect web resource with new information so we could update our entries about the organisation and its records.
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Are we in an ‘Age of Inquiry’ into institutional child abuse?

Inspired by the Find & Connect web resource, The Age of Inquiry is mapping institutional child abuse inquiries with the aim of developing a comprehensive, publicly available online database of historical child abuse inquiries globally.
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Language and the Words We Use

The aim of this is not to censor, or to sugar-coat the history of ‘care’ – it is instead about us making more conscious choices about the language we use when we publish content. We acknowledge that language is not neutral or ‘historical’, and in reproducing offensive language we are endorsing or perpetuating systems that have caused great injustice and harm. It is also about acknowledging more fully the reality of those actions in the past, and the impacts of those that are ongoing.
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