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Good Shepherd Apology to Former Residents

Good Shepherd is committed to supporting former residents and improving their wellbeing today. To do this, we must act with sincerity and empathy, recognising the suffering they experienced can still be felt today.

Through our Heritage Engagement Program we can support former residents in accessing their records and assist them and their families in seeking to understand their past.

We cannot change the past and are committed to justice, reconciliation and compassion: now and always.

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Click here to read our apology to former residents who suffered in our care.

 

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Our History

The Sisters of The Good Shepherd came from France to Australia in 1863 to help vulnerable women and children during the Gold Rush.

Former Resident Support

The Chapel History Centre

Our friendly volunteers can answer your questions or take you on a tour of the Chapel.

Former Resident Support

Heritage Engagement Program

We work to support former residents by, deeply and respectfully listening, acknowledging their past and our own part in it.

Other services you may be interested in

Heritage Engagement Program

Heritage Engagement Program

Good Shepherd supports former residents of Good Shepherd institutions and welfare homes. Through our Heritage Engagement Program we can support former residents in accessing their records and assist them and their families in seeking to understand their past.
The Good Shepherd Archive

The Good Shepherd Archive

The Good Shepherd Archive is located in Abbotsford, Melbourne. It manages the records of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Australia and New Zealand dating from 1863 until the present day.
National Redress Scheme

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
Former Residents: Other resources

Former Residents: Other resources

Our Memorial Committee is ensuring all sites are marked to remember, honour and acknowledge women and children who spent time in Good Shepherd institutions in consultation with former residents and local communities.