Memorial unveiled to Western Australia’s Forgotten Australians

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13 December 2010

Forgotten Australians Memorial, located in the Perth Cultural Centre.The Perth Cultural Centre is home to the State’s first official monument to Western Australia’s Forgotten Australians.

During the last century, more than 56,000 West Australians through no fault of their own found themselves in orphanages, hostels or other out-of-home care. Sadly, in many cases, the care they received fell short in providing a safe and nurturing environment, leaving many with physical and emotional scars.

Created by local artist Judith Forrest, in collaboration with author Terri-ann White, the memorial acknowledges those children who suffered abuse and neglect during their time in State care.
Governor of Western Forgotten Australians Memorial, located in the Perth Cultural Centre.Australia, His Excellency, Dr Ken Michael AC and Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney unveiled the Unfolding Lives memorial last week which is a steel and concrete interpretation of the once popular paper fortune teller inscribed with stories of the Forgotten Australians.

The artwork, located at the eastern end of the James Street mall, provides a place and an opportunity to acknowledge the past and recognise those who overcame adversity.

To find out more, read Minister McSweeney’s media statement.