On 16 November 2009, as part of the National Apology, the Federal Government commissioned the National Library to embark on a major Oral History project to record the stories of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

More than 200 interviews have now been recorded and they can be found here. To mark the third anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, the National Library has published a commemorative booklet, You Can't Forget Things Like That, which features many of their remarkable stories.

Curator of Oral History and Folklore at the National Library, Kevin Bradley, said it was impossible not to be affected by the pain, power and poignancy of these oral histories which are introduced in the commemorative booklet.

‘This oral history project, featuring more than 200 interviews, brought a diverse range of memories into a single collection,’ he said.

‘The interviews allow those people who lived the experience to tell their stories in their own words. The recordings put flesh on the bones of other forms of historical records and present a deep and complex picture of the experience – and show the scars.’