Adele Chynoweth, National Museum of Australia

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Dr Adele Chynoweth, Curator (ATSIP Team), National Museum of Australia presented at the M&GSQ State Conference 2011 on "Developing the exhibition, Inside: Life in Children's Homes".

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Adele Chynoweth, National Museum of Australia

  1. 1. Plenary: Agents of Social Change Hall A, MECC Chair: Jo Besley Dr Adele Chynoweth Curator (ATSIP Team), National Museum of Australia Developing the exhibition, Inside: Life in Children's Homes
  2. 2. Inside: Life in Children’s Homes Opens November 16, 2011
  3. 3. Informed by three reports: <ul><li>Bringing them Home (Australian Human Rights Commission, 1997) </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  4. 4. Informed by three reports: <ul><li>2. Lost Innocents (Senate Community Affairs References Committee, 2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  5. 5. Informed by three reports: <ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Informed by three reports: <ul><li>3. Forgotten Australians (Senate Community Affairs References Committee, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>Children at Silky Oaks (Home founded by Open Brethren), Brisbane, QLD
  7. 7. Informed by three reports: <ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>St Vincent’s Orphanage, Nudgee, QLD
  8. 8. Statistics <ul><li>50,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, some of whom belong to the Stolen Generations </li></ul><ul><li>7,000 Child Migrants </li></ul><ul><li>500,000 Forgotten Australians </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who are Forgotten Australians? <ul><ul><li>Aged 30s to elderly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(some were) state wards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>divorce, drunkenness, disease, desertion, death, domestic violence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No single parents’ support pension </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  10. 10. What did they experience? <ul><li>Separation from and loss of family </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>Nun from the order of Sister of the Good Shepherd escorting a girl, Children's Court Albion Street, Sydney, 25 October, 1963
  11. 11. What did they experience? <ul><li>Deception </li></ul><ul><li>Neglect and exploitation </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>1956, Boys building the swimming pool Clontarf Boys’ Town, Perth, Western Australia
  12. 12. What did they experience? <ul><li>Assault </li></ul><ul><li>Poor health care </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>1946, Examination Room, Parramatta Girls’ Home, Sydney
  13. 13. What did they experience? <ul><li>Lack of education </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of identity </li></ul><ul><li>Medical testing </li></ul><ul><li>No post-care support </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  14. 14. Challenges <ul><li>Australian Government directive </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophical: </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus history </li></ul><ul><li>US historian Richard Hofstadter (1948) </li></ul><ul><li>Postcolonialism/interculturalism > hierarchy of discourses </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  15. 15. Challenges <ul><li>no collection </li></ul><ul><li>small exhibition space </li></ul><ul><li>disavowal </li></ul><ul><li>living memory </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  16. 16. Our responses <ul><li>Consultative Forum (FaHCSIA) </li></ul><ul><li>design </li></ul><ul><li>stakeholder support </li></ul><ul><li>education package </li></ul><ul><li>website: </li></ul><ul><li>http ://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside / </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  17. 17. Website <ul><li>personal narratives </li></ul><ul><li>http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2011/02/16/the-argonaut / </li></ul><ul><li>poetry </li></ul><ul><li>http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2011/01/10/ill-be-your-mate / </li></ul><ul><li>songs </li></ul><ul><li>http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2011/06/07/on-eagles-wings / </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  18. 18. Website <ul><li>visual art </li></ul><ul><li>http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2010/03/31/depression / </li></ul><ul><li>objects </li></ul><ul><li>http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2011/04/16/my-ireland / </li></ul><ul><li>reunions </li></ul><ul><li>http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2011/05/27/winlaton-reunion / </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>
  19. 19. Website <ul><li>protests </li></ul><ul><li>http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2010/12/14/the-first-anniversary-2 / </li></ul><ul><li>Inside: Life in Children’s Homes </li></ul>

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