2001-2016 Timeline

2001

‘Y Project’ – 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.

2002

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.

2003

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.

2005

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.

2007

KBHAC Strategic Plan Finalised.

2008

National Apology

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.

2009

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.

2011

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.

2012

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.

The former KBH site is listed on the NSW State Heriate Register in recognition of is significance in the history of NSW.

KBH Gate Handover Ceremony in Kempsey.

2013

The former KBH site is designated as an Aboriginal Place under the National Parks and Wildlife Act in recognition of its significant and longstanding associations for Aboriginal people of NSW.

2014

On October 25th, an official 90th Anniversary Commemoration of the opening of KBH is held on site, honouring the memory of all the Aboriginal children who were taken from their families and kept at this place.

2015

KBHAC was successful in obtaining a grant from the NSW Heritage Council to undertake a conversation management plan of the former Kinchela site. This work was undertaken with Alan Croker and Charlotte Simons of Design 5 – Architects. Shayne Johnson of Kr8ve Productions recorded oral histories and site mapping workshops as part of this work.

The NSW Legislative Council, General Purpose Standing Committee, No 3 launched the Inquiry into Reparations for the Stolen Generations in New South Wales. KBHAC provided a submission to this inquiry (hyperlink to submission) and participated in hearings held in Kempsey and Sydney.

The KBHAC Board approved the 2015 – 2018 KBHAC Strategic Plan.

2016

The Report of the NSW Inquiry into Reparations for the Stolen Generations Report, Reparations for the Stolen Generations in New South Wales: Unfinished Business, was tabled in the NSW Parliament on 23rd June. The NSW Government will respond in December.

In July, the NSW State Library announced it will be working with KBHAC on one of its three Indigenous focused commissioning projects in 2016/2017.

 

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