'Forgotten Australians'

Many of the former child migrants interviewed for this exhibition object to being called 'forgotten Australians', a term used by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in his 2009 apology to children in care. Child migrants were essentially stateless – citizens of neither Britain, their country of birth, nor Australia, the country that asked for them to come. For many it has been a long and difficult process to win recognition as Australian citizens. They believe that the term 'forgotten Australians' indicates the Government's failure to recognise the specific experiences and difficulties of the former child migrants.

Museum Victoria appreciates the generous contributions of:

Sandra Anker

Michael Harvey

Hugh McGowan

Child Migrants Trust

International Association of Former Child Migrants and their Families

Australian National Maritime Museum

National Archives of Australia

State Library of Victoria

Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office