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The Stolen Generations. The removal of Aboriginal children in New South Wales 1883 to 1969

Peter Read


In 1981, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs published a ground-breaking paper on the Stolen Generations. The paper, written by Peter Read, was among the first attempts to document the devastatioin of forcibly removing Aboriginal children in Australia from their parents. This reprint of that paper was published to help educate all Australians about this history and the intergenerational legacy of the Stolen Generations. Documents the disruption of families when children were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to state or church-run institutions, boarding homes, residential schools, and adoption programs. The author concludes that it is a story of attempted genocide.

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