The first heritage display of its kind in Victoria has opened at the site of the former St Vincent de Paul’s boys’ orphanage in South Melbourne, now the central base of MacKillop Family Services.
- Kairos/Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
"At MacKillop Family Services, we believe this display will be a place of reflection to remember and honour the lives of the children and mothers of our founding agencies’ homes," said Grant Thomas, director of community relations, MacKillop Family Services.
Premier of Victoria Denis Napthine last month officially opened the display, which exhibits the history of the Catholic child-welfare system and focuses on the experiences of former residents.
A 2004 Senate inquiry on Australians who experienced institutional care as children recommended that heritage display centres be constructed on the sites of former institutions. "The heritage display will celebrate the former residents’ diversity of experience and will tell their stories, while bearing witness to their place in our shared history."
The display includes items from the archives and memorabilia from former residents, such as photographs, toys, and prestigious trophies and medals.
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