Heritage Engagement Program
We welcome Former Residents and their families to make contact with Good Shepherd. Today, through our Heritage Engagement program, we work to support former residents by, deeply and respectfully listening, acknowledging their past and our own part in it, and responding to their individual needs for connection with their histories, identities and narratives.
Since the launch of this program in 2017, we have worked with over 550 former residents of Good Shepherd homes in Australia and New Zealand, their families and carers to help them make sense of their past and provide them with records to help them understand their history.
Our Heritage Engagement program is a free, confidential service for former residents and their families. It is holistic and trauma informed.
Our Heritage Engagement Coordinator is the first point of contact for former residents and their families.
Our Heritage Engagement Program provides:
Supported access to historical records of former residents of Good Shepherd institutions
Search and support service to access personal historical records
Information and support to link into other support services
The Sisters of The Good Shepherd came from France to Australia in 1863 to help vulnerable women and children during the Gold Rush.
The Chapel History Centre
Our friendly volunteers can answer your questions or take you on a tour of the Chapel.
Our Apology to Former Residents
Good Shepherd is committed to supporting former residents and improving their wellbeing today.