The first KBH activities were held with healing workshops in Wreck Bay and Picton, NSW.
A small taskforce was established to identify KBH issues and ideas for the future
Opening of the First KBH Office in Redfern
First strategic planning conference at Picton
Journey Home to Kinchela
This event was the first time many of us men had returned to Kinchela since they left as boys and the first time many of our family members made the journey there
Ken Brindle Shield presented at the NSW Aboriginal Knockout Competition
KBH Database Developed:
This included the names of all former KBH inmates, files and information held by government departments and other archives and stories, news clippings and photographs on KBH
Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation
We engaged the legal firm, Gilbert and Tobin to develop our corporate identity and we elected our first Governing Committee. The immediate goal was to design our strategic plan.
Kinchela Boys Home State Dinner, NSW Parliament House March 6, 2003
This year we engaged national media on KBH and Stolen Generation issues, developed partnerships with the National Sorry Day Committee, and participated in statewide consultations on Stolen Generation issues. We also began discussions on compensation issues.
We enlisted the help of Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit in The School of Public and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales to assist us in writing our Strategic Plan.
The KBHAC Strategic Plan was the product of consultation and interviews with KBH men and their families over the course of two years
KBHAC Strategic Plan Finalised
KBH men attended the National Apology in Canberra and a copy of our strategic plan was delivered to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Leader of the Opposition Brendan Nelson
Historic Motion passed by the City of Sydney in support of the KBH men and KBHAC
Strategic Plan Launch, 27 October, Redfern Community Centre
In partnership with the City of Sydney, members of the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation have invited Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, to launch the Kinchela Boys Home Strategic Plan.
KBH BTH Counsellor/Advocate Position funded by OATSIH
Funding received from Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, School of Public and Community Medicine to select a suitable auspice body to help us implement our Strategic Plan
HopeStreet Urban Compassion agreed to act as auspice body for KBHAC with the aim of supporting KBHAC’s development as an autonomous and sustainable organisation
Let’s Face It: Portraits of survival from Kinchela Boys’ Home
Sarah Barker, photographer: This was an exhibition at the Fisher Library, University of Sydney which was launched on Sorry Day.
In September, KBHAC hired its first Bringing Them Home Counsellor.
KBHAC successfully applied for funding from the Healing Foundation. This 2 year project will, among other things, include leadership and community development workshops for the KBH men, educational resources about the legacies KBH has left on the former inmates and their families. Another highlight of 2012 was the start of what will be a long term partnership between KBHAC and Caritas Australia. In August the KBH Belonging Place fundraising appeal was launched at the Storylines Festival, at Bondi Pavilion.