"...They should be honoured for their experience and given every support they need in order to participate fully in the community of which they are part..."
Speech Senator Gary Humphries on the Forgotten Australians Inquiry.
19 September 2009 the NSW Government held a memorial healing service in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, with more than 700 Forgotten Australians attended, who grew up in orphanages, children’s homes, institutions and foster homes in NSW. The service included the unveiling of a memorial within the gardens to commemorate the experiences of the Forgotten Australians.
On the Memorial the inscription reads:
"For Forgotten Australians
In this place, we remember the many thousands of NSW children who grew up in care in the decades leading up to the 1990s – in orphanages, in Children’s Homes and foster homes, in institutions. We remember the lonely, the frightened, the lost, the abused – those who never knew the joy of a loving family, who suffered too often at the hands of a system meant to provide for their safety and wellbeing. We rejoice in their courage and strength. This corner of the Gardens is dedicated to their memory. Erected by the Australian and NSW Governments
- 19 September 2009"