Helping care leavers find and connect to their past


Following receiving a Society of American Archivists award, we’ve been featured in Pursuit, a University of Melbourne publication.

The article “Helping care leavers find and connect to their past” details the work we do, and how and why we do it. You can read the full article at: 

Find & Connect is a living history project that provides an opportunity for people who lived in care to tell their side of the story


In the grainy black-and-white photograph, a little girl prays beside her bed with a doll. In another photo she is tucked in bed cuddling it.

These are some of the idyllic images in a flyer promoting the Cooinoo Home for Destitute Girls that operated in Western Sydney between 1938 and 1970.

It was common for institutions to use photos of ‘orphans’ in their publicity or fundraising. Picture: Find & Connect

But the ideal in the photos was very far from the reality.

“All these pictures were staged,” says a former Cooinoo resident in a note to the Find & Connect online archive resource – described as one of Australia’s largest public history projects.

Read the full article.