Adele Chynoweth was the co-curator of the National Museum of Australia (NMA) exhibition Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions, which was the outcome of the recommendation by the 2004 Senate Report, which stated that the NMA should create an exhibition about Forgotten Australians.
In her TEDx Canberra 2013 talk, she speaks about why the Forgotten Australians matter to her and why they should matter to all Australians. Adele, now, as a Visitor at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University continues to write and talk about the importance of understanding and listening to Forgotten Australians.
At 8:00 p.m. on a summer’s night, I am seated at the front bar of the local pub, in the New South Wales’ town of Hay, having driven five hours from Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Hay is situated on the land of the Nari-Nari people, has a population of approximately 3000, and is located on a flat, treeless saltbush plain at the crossroads where the Sturt, Mid-Western, and Cobb Highways meet. Many road travelers stop in Hay on their way to or from Adelaide, South Australia, but I am not passing through. Hay is my destination... Read more here