Forgotten Australians are memorialised
A ceremony held in November commemorated the 6th Anniversary of the National Apology by Parliament for the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants for their harsh treatment and their ongoing trauma. The people who identify as the Forgotten Australians are survivors of the institutional care system in Australia from the 1930’s to the late 1990’s.
The Memorial is located between the Two Ponds in the Sydney Botanic Gardens. It was a beautiful ceremony, led by Pamella Vernon, a survivor and NSW representative for Alliance for Forgotten Australians. About 40 people gathered in quiet reflection and remembrance to share stories from their childhood and honour those who have passed. Pamella spoke of growing up as a child with her sister, institutionalised in the Central Methodist Mission Dalmar Children’s Home in 1950 from the age of six until her seventeenth birthday.
This year The Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT Synod, Uniting Venues, donated the accommodation for the Northern Rivers Forgotten Australians for the three days of celebrations for the Anniversary. Pamella expressed her gratitude for the loving comfort and support they received from the staff at the Elanora Heights Venue.
Read more about the Alliance for Forgotten Australians www.forgottenaustralians.org.au
Photo: Rosanna Lade Wesley Dalmar After Care Worker, Pamella Vernon NSW representative for Alliance for Forgotten Australians in front of the memorial to The Forgotten Australians, Sydney Botanic Gardens
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