Note to contributors

We welcome your thoughts, ideas, experiences and whatever else you have to share in relation to children’s homes. If you decide to contribute, be mindful that whatever you share here is on the public record, and will be available to all users of the internet. To be clear: your words, photos and so on might be distributed widely, and we will have no control over that. You might choose to use your real name for contributions, but you don’t have to – you are welcome to use a nickname instead.

If you are considering taking legal action relating to your time in ‘care’, you might seek legal advice before sharing your story on this website.

Like all communities we have expectations for participation and we think that it is important to be clear and transparent about our expectations. We ask that you:

  • use language that is respectful, courteous and mindful of others’ feelings
  • respect people’s privacy – you should not reveal information about yourself or others that may intrude upon their (or your!) privacy (for example, you might remember someone from a home and want to mention them here, using just their first name or their initials will protect their privacy)
  • abide by copyright laws – if what you contribute is entirely your own creation, there is no problem
  • if you have any concerns about material on this website that relates to you, please contact us


This blog is moderated. Your first comment will be reviewed before publishing. If we publish your first comment, from then on your comments will appear instantly.

Note that any comment we deem to be at odds with these guidelines will be removed – eg, if it is irrelevant, offensive or defamatory. We might edit and republish the comment. Or we might attempt to get in touch with you to discuss how you can make the comment without breaching these guidelines. If you are unsure, you are welcome to contact us.

To participate

Everyone is free to leave a comment on a post or on the message board. (Remember, be honest, accurate, respectful and relevant.) If you would like to share your story, an object or artwork either here or in the exhibition, please contact us to discuss:

  • what you’d like to contribute
  • how to do so
  • various ways we might use your contribution

... a project to document and commemorate stories of Australians who as children experienced institutional care