On this page:
- Finding Your Own Way
- Aboriginal Missions in South Australia
- National Link-Up Newsletter
- Croker Island Posters
Finding Your Own Way
SA Link-Up's 'self-help' guide to tracing family will be launched on 7 July 2005. Written and researched by Historian and Author, Karen George, the guide will help people to access existing records of South Australian children's homes and institutions.
Sid Graham who is quoted in the guide, said in March 2002, "It's heartbreaking to see these records like this. But then again, it puts the jigsaw puzzle together, the missing link, so that there's some comfort there now."
'Finding Your Own Way' has been prepared in the hope that some of the documents that have survived the passage of time will help those who were separated from family and spent time in a home, to discover more about themselves.
Although the amount and quality of records varys greatly with each institution and with each managing agency, it is possible that one of these documents holds the 'missing link' or, at the very least, may provide another small piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
The guide describes all the records of institutions that were located as at December 2004. Unfortunately, it has been impossible to find documents relating to all the homes in South Australia and in many cases, records are missing. They may have been lost, destroyed or sometimes were never kept. Often there is no record at all of what has happened to them. For this reason, Finding Your Own Way calls on readers for assistance. If you have any information about the location of 'missing' records or on any of the homes listed in the guide or that have been inadvertently been left out, please contact SA Link-Up.
Download a copy of the directory here by clicking on the following links:
Dedications and Acknowledgements >> .pdf
Introduction >> .pdf
Section 1: Anglican Church / Church of England Homes >> .pdf
Section 2: Homes Run by the Catholic Church >> .pdf
Section 3: Homes Run by the Christian Brethren / Open Brethren Assemblies of South Australia >> .pdf
Section 4: Government Homes >> .pdf
Section 5: Homes Run by the Lutheran Church >> .pdf
Section 6: Homes Run by The Methodist Church >> .pdf
Section 7: Homes Run by The Salvation Army >> .pdf
Section 8: Homes Run by The United Aborigines Mission >> .pdf
Section 9: Miscellaneous Homes Run by other agencies >> .pdf
Section 10: Other Homes >> .pdf
Section 11: Other Sources of Records and Assistance >> .pdf
Home Index >> .pdf
Aboriginal Missions in South Australia
The book, Aboriginal Missions in South Australia, was written by David Hollingsworth and Janet Craig. It features the history of removal policies (19th and 20th Century), and the history of various missions in South Australia. Some of the names of people who lived in these missions are identified to assist people who are searching for family connections.
Click here for a PDF copy of the Mission Book (24.42MB)
The book and a set of storyboards are available for purchase. See products.
National Link-Up News
National Link-Up News features stories and articles from Link-Up Services around Australia and national government agencies. If you would like a copy, please contact SA Link-Up or download a pdf here.
Croker Island Posters
Croker Island is located 290 kilometres north east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia. The Island is quite small - approximately 48km long and 8km wide.
In the early 1900’s Commonwealth policies were based on ideas that Aborigines were a ‘problem’ and had to be segregated onto missions.
In November 1941, the first 44 children, mostly aged between 2 and 5 years, arrived on the Island with 4 missionaries. One child was 12 years of age while another was only 3 months old. By the next month, 96 children were living on Croker Island.
Croker Island was ‘home’ to 200 children. Upon its closure in 1966 when integration ideas peaked, some children were adopted and fostered throughout Australia. However, many were sent to South Australia to be institutionalised until the age of 16 at Lentara Children’s Home, Magill.
Download the pdf poster here.