The Australian government
between 1885-1969 refused
to acknowledge the cruel
events involving the Aboriginal
people of Australia. They took
them away from their homes
and families to be used as
The people involved were
governments that decided
decisions, churches, welfare
bodies and high authority. Half-
casts and their family. White
families children were sold to.....
Kids started being taken in the
early 20th Century between they
years 1885-1969 and some
places carried on in the 1970s.
They apologized only last year.
Kids as young as one years old
Were did this
This half-cast problem took place in
all parts of Australia, New South
Wales, Government controlled
reserves. Every state in Australia was
effected and the taken half-castes
went to settlements & Churches
Why were children
and land taken?
Aboriginals were taken because it
was government policy that
aboriginal children be taken from
their parents. People only wanted
two races and were planning to sell
the land later to future settlers. The
aboriginals then became nomads.
What happened to
the children that
Children taken were raised in church
or state institutions. Some were
fostered by white families. They were
expected to grow into domestic and
farming work. Many aboriginals
refused and were killed.
What was the
Government truly believed it was
the right thing to do, thought they
didn’t belong and only wanted
two races. People were planning
on selling land to future settlers
later on but couldn’t do it with
How were the people
The physical & emotional damage
was huge like hyperactivity, Loss of
trust of Government & police for
decisions. No family ties or cultural
identity. Some died of disease
brought from Europeans.
What is being
A national inquiry was set up in
1995. Present government
officials felt bad for racism and
letters of apologies were sent to
families and over $5 million in
compensation was paid.
Compared with other Indigenous children,
the children of members of the Stolen
Generations are twice as likely to have
emotional and behavioral problems, to be
at high risk for emotional and conduct
disorders, and twice as likely to abuse
alcohol and drugs. But did this help?
Will the Australia
The Stolen generation:
By Kate and May