LOSS / ForWards (Vic)

LOSS (stands for Lives of State Shame) was a grassroots activist organisation established in Melbourne. “LOSS had its genesis”, according to its First Annual General Report, “in a day-long public meeting at Parliament House on 25 July 1997 which was attended by over 100 former state wards and other people interested in the issues of the failure of the state to exercise due responsibility over the years for the many thousands of children under their care who were fostered out of institutionalised.” Over the next decade it played a crucial role in supporting former State Wards and raising the profile of justice for State Wards. It changed its name to ForWards in the early 2000s. First elected Committee of Management, 19 September 1998: Heather Bell, President; Margaret Di Frederico, Vice-President; Frank Golding, Secretary; Doreen Waters, Treasurer; Margaret Turnbull; Leonie Hewitt; Marghuerita Copolino; Elizabeth Brown.


Link-Up Diary

This documentary film, directed by David McDougall and funded by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (later known as AIATSIS), follows the work of Link-Up in NSW as they reunited a family that had been separated.  It tells the stories of Coral Edwards and Peter Read. It was the third in a trilogy of documentary features, following It's a Long Road Back (1981) and Lousy Little Sixpence (1983).


Going Home Conference (NT)

More than 600 Aboriginal people who had been forcibly removed from their families as children came together in Darwin for the “Going Home” Conference. It focussed on issues like access to archival records, rights and access to land, compensation, and other options for people in the Northern Territory. It was organised by the Kari Aboriginal Child Care Agency. "The concept of the conference was promoted within the Stolen Generations ex-resident groups. These groups ... are: Garden Point, Croker Island, Retta Dixon, Groote Eylandt and Kahlin Compound established in the Top End; and the Bungalow, St. Mary's and St. John's established in Central Australia" (from "The long road home: the Going Home Conference", eds Jacqui Katona, Chip Mackinolty).


Link-Up NSW

Link-Up NSW was the first of many Link-Up services established by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who had been directly affected by past policies and practices of child removal. They focus particularly on family tracing and helping families to reunite. Link-Up organisations and programs have subsequently been established in each State and Territory around Australia, except the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. Coral Edwards and Peter Read were instrumental in Link-Up’s establishment.

Reference: Peter Read, 2020, “‘Like being born all over again’: the establishment of Link Up”, in A Rape of the Soul so Profound: The Return of the Stolen Generation, Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon.

 


CLAN

The Care Leavers' Australasia Network (CLAN) was founded in July 2000, to be a membership organisation for people who grew up in out-of-home care. It has led many campaigns and protests aimed at achieving justice for its members, and holds an enormous repository of documents relating to out-of-home care at its museum based in Geelong, Victoria.


Open Place (Vic)

Open Place is a support and advocacy service for survivors of institutional placements in Victoria. It was established and funded by the Victorian Government as one of its commitments after its formal apology to Victorian Forgotten Australians in 2006. Initially funding was provided to the community sector organisation Berry Street to manage Open Place. In July 2020 Relationships Australia Victoria became the provider of Open Place.


Australian Orphanage Museum

Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) manages and operates the Australian Orphanage Museum in Geelong, Victoria. It opened on 1 April 2023.


Who Am I?

A Victorian-based research project that focussed on recordkeeping and archiving practices for people who experienced out-of-home care as children. It developed the web resource known as Pathways, which was later expanded to have a national scope and became the Find & Connect web resource.