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Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry

The Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry is a philanthropically funded, interdisciplinary research centre based at The Australian National University. The Project supports research into the causes, histories and effects of ethnic, cultural, religious, and sexual bigotry and animosity. It promotes public discussion on how such intolerance can be combatted and how co-existence can be promoted through social, research and educational programs.

I was kidnapped at 8 from my loving family and taken to a cruel boy’s home where I was abused. I wasn’t even allowed to use my name. I was called number 36. If I used my name I was beaten. This was a racist government policy trying to make us assimilate.

- James Michael ‘Widdy’ Welsh, Kinchela Boys Home Survivor

Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge, celebrate and pay our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

Updated:  1 March 2022/Responsible Officer:  Freilich Project/Page Contact:  Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project