This paper reflects on the methodological, academic, and ultimately personal challenges involved in constructing the Find & Connect web resource, a public history project funded by the Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in response to the 2009 apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. Central to these challenges is the relationship between the researchers and the key stakeholders: the Care Leavers and the organizations that ran the institutions in which they spent their childhoods. The paper explores the use of collaborative history in negotiating the conflicting hopes and expectations of the various parties to the project.
Stakeholders as Subjects: The Role of Historians in the Development of Australia’s Find & Connect Web Resource
Shurlee Swain is professor of humanities at Australian Catholic University and the historian chief investigator on the Find & Connect web resource project. Her research has informed recent inquiries into Australia's history of forced adoption and abuse of children in care.
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Shurlee Swain; Stakeholders as Subjects: The Role of Historians in the Development of Australia’s Find & Connect Web Resource. The Public Historian 1 November 2014; 36 (4): 38–50. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2014.36.4.38
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