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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.   

Memorial unveiling events and community projects are announced on the Events page of our website.

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Remembering, honouring and acknowledging former residents of Good Shepherd Homes: An oral history research study

By Suellen Murray – RMIT University

Download the full report below. 

National Apology

16 November,  2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the Australian Government’s Apology to Forgotten Australians (people who spent time in care between the 1920s and 1980s) and Former Child Migrants. Read about the national apology and out-of-home care in Australia in the 1900s by clicking below.

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


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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.

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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.
Good Shepherd Apology to Former Residents

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.
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.