Lives of Uncommon Children

A collection of stories written by survivors of residential institutions in Queensland, Lives of Uncommon Children: Reflections of Forgotten Australians was published by Micah Projects, on behalf of Lotus Place, to mark the tenth anniversary of Queensland’s Forde Inquiry.

Neerkol Action Support Group (Qld)

The Neerkol Action Support Group began meeting in mid-1997. Survivors of the St Joseph’s Home, Neerkol (near Rockhampton), approached the Sisters of Mercy seeking an apology and access to counselling and other support services for the abuse and neglect they experienced as children in the institution. The group, though small, was instrumental in instigating the broader political movement towards the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (1999), commonly known as the Forde Inquiry. The group’s approaches were also influential in subsequent models of recognition and redress used across Australia.

Primary documents relating to the Neerkol Action Support Group are held at the CLAN Orphanage Museum.


Queensland Historic Abuse Memorial

Located at Emma Miller Place, Roma St, Brisbane, "In memory of all the children who suffered and of those who did not survive abuse in Church and State Children’s institutions and homes in Queensland".