Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices
Victoria Lane Corner James Ruse Drive, Rydalmere, NSW, 2116, Australia
14th September 2017 to 21st September 2017
"Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices" is a significant contribution to the narrative of Australia's national history, giving voice to an estimated 250,000 Australians affected by forced adoption policies and practices, largely occurring between 1950 and 1975. This exhibition provides an opportunity for those Australians affected by forced adoption policies and practices, to share their experiences. Their stories describe a dark period of Australian history, and begin to fill the silence created by the very few records kept by state and private institutions. Many of the accounts shared are those of unmarried mothers, whose babies were taken from them because of social stigma, and who subsequently were forced to live a lie for decades. Tragically, for some, their experience of forced adoption was a secret they took to their graves. "Without Consent" is a tribute to the courage and generosity of those who volunteered to share their experiences. The Whitlam Institute is privileged to be hosting this exhibition. "Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices" is a national touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia, assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.