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Stolen Generations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. The removals occurred in the period between approximately 1909[1] and 1969,[2][3] although in some places children were still being taken until the 1970s.[4][5][6]

Documentary evidence, such as newspaper articles and reports to parliamentary committees, suggest a range of rationales. Motivations evident include child protection, beliefs that given their catastrophic population decline after white contact that Aboriginal people would "die out",[7] and a fear of miscegenation by full-blooded Aboriginal people.[8] Terms such as "stolen" were used in the context of taking children from their families – the Hon P. McGarry, a member of the Parliament of New South Wales, objected to the Aborigines Protection Amending Act 1915 which then enabled the Aborigines' Protection Board to remove Aboriginal children from their parents without having to establish that they were in any way neglected or mistreated; McGarry described the policy as "steal[ing] the child away from its parents".[9] In 1924,[10] in the Adelaide Sun an article stated "The word 'stole' may sound a bit far-fetched but by the time we have told the story of the heart-broken Aboriginal mother we are sure the word will not be considered out of place."[11][12]

Indigenous Australians in most jurisdictions were "protected", effectively being wards of the State.[13][14] The protection was done through each jurisdiction's Aboriginal Protection Board; in Victoria and Western Australia these boards were also responsible for applying what were known as Half-Caste Acts.


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margaretBirch's comment, September 25, 2013 11:56 PM
This is a wikipedia page which explores what the stolen generation is and other facts. It has lots of good information and gives people a clear understanding of the real meaning of the stolen generation
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‘Sorry’ apology to Stolen Generations - Creative Spirits

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On February 13th, 2008, Aboriginal people across all Australia were deeply moved and in tears: The Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, had finally apologised to the Stolen Generations and said ‘sorry’.

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margaretBirch's comment, September 25, 2013 11:41 PM
Prime Minister at the time Kevin Rudd formally apologised to the aboriginal people of australia, On the 13th of February 2008 he said sorry to all indigenous people for what they called the stolen generation.
Darci's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:01 AM

This shows how far Aboriginal people have come to this day. 

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Kevin Rudd Stolen Generations Speech

Kevin Rudd's Speech to the Stolen Generations

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Elley Johnston's comment, July 14, 2013 8:00 PM
Edited apology script
margaretBirch's comment, September 25, 2013 11:36 PM
This is the official video which Kevin Rudd made to the Aboriginal People saying sorry about 'The stolen generation'
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Rabbit Proof Fence - Stolen Generations

Rabbit Proof Fence scene

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margaretBirch's comment, September 25, 2013 11:46 PM
This short film clip shows how aboriginal people were treated unjustly. Not only that, but also explores what life was like for aboriginal people when stolen generation was happening. The film also shows how high the racisms levels were. We can see this because of how the young aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their homes and families.
Chloe Kostas's curator insight, October 27, 2013 10:02 PM

This is one of the most disturbing and emotional scenes shown in the movie. Molly, Daisy and Gracie being taken away from their families, were denied their very identity. The acts and practices of the stolen generation are legally considered genocide. This is the time when Australian government had a set policy in which Aboriginal children were taken from their families by the power of white settlers to be domesticated workers and integrate these children into the white society. The authorities had the power to relocate half cast children to educational centers and give them the culture of the white man.

This movie/scene can be integrated into a classroom as a reliable resource and through discussion of social justice and human rights, students will be able to discover evidence of the impact that inequality and discrimination has on others. Students are able to develop logic of social justice and ethical obligations and how decision making of others has a global impact.

Darci's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:00 AM

This movie shows us how the Aboriginal children were treated from the goverenmen, i'ts about the stolen generation. This movie is very sad and heatbreaking 

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Rabbit-proof fence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rabbit-proof fence

The State Barrier Fence of Western Australia, formerly known as the Rabbit Proof Fence, the State Vermin Fence, and the Emu Fence, is a pest-exclusion fence constructed between 1901 and 1907 to keep rabbits and other agricultural pests, from the east, out of Western Australian pastoral areas.

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margaretBirch's comment, September 25, 2013 11:54 PM
The film 'The Rabbit Proof Fence' is a film exploring all the different things in which aboriginal people had to go through during the time of the stolen generation. It is based on a true story of what life was like during this time. The main characters are 3 little girls who escaped the from missions. This article 'rabbit-proof fence' really gives us a good view and description on the event in which the girls had to travel and the effects in which was a result of the stolen generation.
Darci's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:56 AM

The Rabbitt Proof fence divided each of the areas in W.A to keep out rabbits, The fence was helpful for young children of the Stolen generation to find their way back home, the fence spread all the way from the top of W.A to way down South of W.A.