National Archives of Australia: Without Consent


Fri, 7 December to Sun, 3 February Free

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Fri, 7 December to Sun, 3 February

This exhibition, curated by the National Archives of Australia brings to light a previously hidden aspect of Australia’s past. It has offered those affected by forced adoptions the opportunity to share their experiences – some for the first time ever. It is estimated that at least 150,000 adoptions took place from the 1950s to the 1970s; a significant number of them were forced adoptions. 

Many of the women who had their babies taken were unmarried and, because of the stigma attached to unmarried mothers at the time, were often forced to live a lie for decades. For some, it was a secret they took to their graves.