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Photographs supplied by John Huth / Arthur Garland

The Rose Garden and Walk commemorates individuals who were Wards of the State. The garden also contains a seat which commemorates the first anniversary of the apology to "Forgotten Australian" and Child Migrants.

The term 'Forgotten Australians' came into common use in about 2004 when the first report of the Senate Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care was published. The Senate used the term to describe the thousands of people who experienced institutional or out-of-home care in Australia in the twentieth century, particularly between the 1930s and the 1970s. Not every person who falls into this category identifies him or herself as a 'Forgotten Australian', or believes that their experience can be captured by this, or any other term.


Address:Lower Domain Road, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, 7000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.864977
Long: 147.334286
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 27th October, 2008
Front Inscription

Plaque :

In recognition of those who experienced out of home care as children

- The Forgotten Australians -

This Rose Walk was officially dedicated by Lin Thorp MLC Minister for Human Services

26 November 2003

Plaque :

The Rose Walk

In remembrance of those children who languished in institutional care.

To those who succumbed to harsh punishments meted out by a severe system we remember you

To those who overcome such experiences we acknowledge your courage and your determination to have your story told.

"The Forgotten Australians"

Seat : 

Sponsored by the Australian Government to commemorate the first anniversary of the Apology to Forgotten Australians and former child migrants

16. 11. 2010

Source: MA
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