This website contains material that is sometimes confronting and disturbing. Sometimes words or images can cause sadness and distress, or bring back memories for people affected by the history of institutional ‘care’ in Australia.
Documents and newspaper articles written many years ago often include offensive and derogatory terms which are today considered unacceptable.
Historical records may also contain references to, or images of, Aboriginal people who have died.
If you need to talk to someone, support is available.
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Sometimes, we have reproduced the original language from our historical sources (such as newspaper articles, or archival records). Please be aware that such sources sometimes use language to describe people in derogatory and offensive ways that are totally unacceptable today. We use such terms in order to demonstrate the language (and thus, the thinking) of the time. We apologise for any offence or distress reading such language might cause.
On this website, we have striven to use inclusive, restorative and non-derogatory language. We know there is no single term that is able to describe the wide and varied experiences – positive and negative – of people who have been in ‘care’.
We acknowledge and thank “find and connect” for the wording of the above statements.