Kinchela Boys Home
Unlocking our past to free our future
National Sorry Day | May 26th
National Sorry Day gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians the chance to come together and commemorate the history of forced Aboriginal child removals and their continued effect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities.
National Reconciliation Week | May 27th - June 3rd
National Reconciliation week takes place annually from May 27th to June 3rd. These dates are important milestones in the ‘reconciliation journey’. The 27th of May was the day of the successful 1967 referendum and the 3rd of June 1992 was the day of the High Court’s Mabo Decision, which overturned the fiction of ‘terra nullius’ or ‘land belonging to no one’.
Kinchela Boys Home
Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home (KBH) was a ‘home’ run by the NSW Government for over 50 years from 1924 – 1970 to house Aboriginal boys forcibly removed from their families. It's a place of deep importance for survivors, their families and communities.
KBH was built on the stolen land of the Dunghutti. The site and its associated places hold memories, both painful and otherwise, of their childhood after being kidnapped from their families and deliberately re-programmed in order to assimilate into white Australian society.
The place itself, historical records and the memories and stories of survivors provides a powerful historical record of the destructive past Government policies and an opportunity for the education and understanding of all Australians.
Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation
Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) was established by survivors of Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home (KBH), a ‘home” run by the NSW Government for over 50 years to house Aboriginal boys forcibly removed from their families.
KBHAC has developed a unique survivor led approach to its governance and healing described as:
Survivor led – an approach to organisational governance and practice built on and informed by the guidance and unique insights of survivors and which, contributes to the social and emotional wellbeing of survivors, their communities, and cultures. The KBH survivors and KBHAC own their stories and healing, leading from a place of self-determination.
Our vision is to improve the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the KBH survivors and their families in a meaningful way.
This takes a strength-based focus on healing persistent grief, trauma and intergenerational trauma as experienced by each KBH survivor and his family.
KBHAC is committed to empowering, positive, healthy peer support models that enable greater social inclusion in community life. These models address the rebuilding and strengthening of identity and family structures.