'Any nation that does not care for and protect all of its children does not deserve to be called a nation'
Who We Are
Parragirls is a self funded voluntary group established in 2006 by Parramatta Girls for former residents of Parramatta Girls Home, Kamballa & Taldree, their families and other Forgotten Australians from NSW State controlled child welfare institutions.
What we do
We provide information, a support network and a contact register for former residents. Our first initiative was organising the Hay Girls Reunion. This took two years to plan and organise with support from the Department of Community Services, Hay Gaol Historical Society, Riverina Grazier, AfterCare Resource Centre and many peoplefrom the community in Hay.
We have organised Open Days, Gatherings, Social events and have represented Parramatta Girls at the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians, National Apology to the Stolen Generations, the NSW Healing Service and Memorial, International Women's Day Centenary NSW Parliament, Wattle Place NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians Launch, Forgotten Australians anniversary forum, National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia, NSW Women's Gathering, Parramatta North Urban Transformation consultations and Family and Community Services Parramatta Girls Memorial Consultations.
Information Service & Useful contacts
Looking for your welfare file?
Ward files/welfare records can be obtained directly from the Department of Families & Community Services. Inquiries phone (02) 9716 2662 or visit your local Family & Community Services Centre.
Support Services for Forgotten Australians
WATTLE PLACE: NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians established in 2010 by Relationships Australiaprovides counselling, and other services offered:
- Access to care records
- Information and referral
- Assistance with submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to child sexual abuse
- Support for family reunions
- Family tracing
- Life skills workshops and social activities and events, newsletter, and a drop in centre.
Call 1800 663 844 or 02 8837 7000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LINK UP : Counselling and support for Aboriginal families and communities in NSW affected by separation.
Link Up services include:
- Family reunification
- Hidden Carers Program
- Family Link Up program
- Community Builders
- Royal Commission Counsellor.
Call (02) 8840 1006 or email: email@example.com
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Supporting our women. Parragirls founder Bonney Djuric attended public and private sessions on the Parramatta Training School for Girls, at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Report of Case Study No.7 Parramatta Training School for Girls and the Institution for Girls in Hay was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament today.
Legal Advice for former residents of institutions:
KNOWMORE is an independent service giving free legal advice to people who are considering telling their story or providing information to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
KELSO LAWYERS are child abuse solicitors specialising in cases arising from the Royal Commission Into Child Sexual Abuse.
Parramatta Girls Home Memorial
11 November 2014: Attorney General Brad Hazzard and Minister for Family and Community Services Gabrielle Upton today announced a suite of measures to help support survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. The initiatives are the first step in responding to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. News Report
PGH Memorial Consultation Summary Report
Following consultations with former residents on the Parramatta Girls Home Memorial Family and Community Services (FaCS) have released a consultation report outlining the consultation process, outcomes and recommended options.
About Forgotten Australians
Upwards of and possibly more than 500 000 Australians experiences care in an orphanage, Home or other form of out-of-home care during the last century. As many of these people have had a family it is highly likely that every Australian either was, is related to, works with, or knows someone who experienced childhood in an institution or out-of-home care environment.
National Apology to the Forgotten Australians
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd: Addresses the nation in an historic National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants, Parliament House 16 November 2009.
Parragirl co founder Christina Green Indigenous representative Wattle Place launch 2010 with Minister Linda Burney.
State Apology to the Forgotten Australians
Parragirls founders Bonney Djuric and Christina Green with grandchildren Jakob, Tyler & Makala and Caroline Carroll, Jim Luthy, Michael Brown, Linda Burney and Premier Nathan Rees, 19 September 2009 Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.
National Apology to the Stolen Generations
Parragirls representative, Aunty Marjorie Woodrow with Kevin Rudd at the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, Australian Parliament, Canberra, 13 February 2008.
Parragirls was established to ensure proper representation of the Forgotten Australians and Stolen Generations of State controlled institutions in NSW particualry Parramatta Girls Home, Kamballa & Taldree and to obtain 'Recognition for Careleavers' in acting upon recommendations made in the Forgotten Australians Report in the:
- establishment of memorials, plaques, memorial gardens and heritage centres on the site of former institutions;
- exhibition of art works and historical displays;
- organising reunions and open day access to the institution;
- oral history projects;
- research into institutional care and its consequences;
- compile & collect publications related to the historical studies of institutional and other forms of out-of-home care;
- dissemination of information about institutional or out-of-home care;
- develop teachers notes and contribute tostudy courses on the history and impact of institutional or out-of-home care.
Parragirls Oral History Project,Research & Publications
Parragirls - PFFP Memory Project
Launched in 2013 Parragirls PFFP Memory Project brings together artists, scholars, historians and Parragirls to document, record and interpret the history, heritage and experience of this institution so that it will never be forgotten and to activate the site as Australia's first Site of Conscience.
Parragirls Memory Quilt
Parragirls Memory Quilt is made up of hand sewn and painted patches created by Parragirls and now hangs in the Bethel building at the former Parramatta Girls Home.
In 2010 we raised over 10,000 signatures calling for the preservation and utilisation of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct and in 2013 the NSW Government announced plans to preserve and protect the historic sites of the precinct as part of Parramatta North Urban Transformation program.
Hands off our Heritage
In 2010 Parragirls successfully campaigned to halt inappropriate use of the historic 1826 Female Factory penitentiary building at Cumberland Hospital.
Say no to sex offenders
In 2008 Parragirls successfully campaigned against NSW Corrections using the Norma Parker Centre (former Parramatta Girls Home) as a prison for male sex offenders.
A Living Memorial -A Woman's Place
Parragirls Living Memorial campaign launched in 2007, at the annual NSW Women's Gathering calling for the preservation and activation of the former Parramatta Girls Home as a Living Memorial to all Forgotten Australians who experienced institutional or out of home care as young people.