Hearing the Past in the Present - online exhibitions, oral histories, radio/podcasts and theatre

This post, along with yesterday’s, is designed to showcase how topics relevant to Find & Connect and its audience have been represented in the media. While these lists are not exhaustive they show how important the stories and memories of Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants, members of the Stolen Generations and that of the abuse of children have become in the media in recent years. Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s a list of podcasts, interviews & exhibitions focused on. Australia’s history of out of home care

Each category is ordered by date of release. The content linked to varies depending upon availability but include direct access to the material, trailers, descriptions and transcripts. Some are fictional accounts, while others are the testimonials of survivors and victims.

Please be aware before clicking through to any of the content that it will sometimes be confronting and disturbing, if required, support is available. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should also be aware that some of the content listed below may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.


Online Exhibitions

Mission Voices (2004) – https://cv.vic.gov.au/stories/aboriginal-culture/missions/mission-voices/

On Their Own

On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants (2010) – http://otoweb.cloudapp.net/

Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions (2011) – http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/inside_life_in_childrens_homes_and_institutions/home

Without Consent (2014) – http://forcedadoptions.naa.gov.au/


Oral histories

Bringing Them Home Oral History Project (1998-2002) – https://www.nla.gov.au/oral-history/bringing-them-home-oral-history-project

Stolen Generations’ Testimonies (2009-) – http://www.stolengenerationstestimonies.com/

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral history project

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral History Project (2010-2012) – https://www.nla.gov.au/oral-history/forgotten-australians-and-former-child-migrants-oral-history-project



The Child Migrants (2003) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/child_migrants.shtml

Up the Line to Goodna: stories from inside the asylum (2008) – http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/special-series-part-1-of-3-up-the-line-to-goodna/3272372

Life Matters – Forgotten Australians special (2009) – http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/forgotten-australians-special/3085908

Tangled Web, Part I: the silence of consent (2011) – http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/archived/hindsight/tangled-web-part-i-the-silence-of-consent/2997846

Tangled Web, Part II: the sound of dissent (2011) – http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/archived/hindsight/tangled-web-part-ii-the-sound-of-dissent/2997826

The Stolen Generation (2012) – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00nhr42

Women’s Hour – Forget Me Not (2015) – https://www.childmigrantstrust.com/news/2016/3/14/14jovfl47dpogc6i40mhy0qjkb5e2c

Casefile – Case 34: The Catholic Mafia (2016) – http://casefilepodcast.com/case-34-catholic-mafia/

The Reckoning podcast poster

The Reckoning – Guardian Australia podcast series (2017) – https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2017/dec/11/the-reckoning-part-1-david-marr-on-the-road-to-the-child-sexual-abuse-commission-podcast

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo promotional image

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo (2018) – http://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/missing-murdered-who-killed-alberta-williams/

10 years after the Stolen Generation apology: “It makes me cry even now” (2018) – https://hope1032.com.au/stories/life/news/2018/remembering-the-stolen-generation-apology-it-makes-me-cry-even-now/


Stage productions

Stolen (1998) – https://australianplays.org/script/CP-441

Pecan Summer (2010) – https://opera.org.au/discover/features/Pecan_Summer_Deborah_Cheetham

Forget Me Not posterForget Me Not (2013- ) – https://australianplays.org/script/CP-2710

CORANDERRK (2013- ) – http://ilbijerri.com.au/event/coranderrk/

HART (2015- ) – http://shesaidtheatre.com/projects/hart


If you know of anything that we have missed from our lists then please share them below in the comments section.


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