Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices

When: Saturday 10 February - Sunday 8 April 2018

Where: LibraryMuseum, Corner of Kiewa and Swift Streets, Albury

Price: FREE

Exhibition Opening: Saturday 10 February at 2pm

Join us for the exhibition opening with special guest speaker, Anne-Marie Conde,  Senior Curator at the National Archives of Australia.

Through the contributions of people affected by Australia’s forced adoptions policies and practices, this exhibition explores what happens when social expectations, morality and authority collide.

It is estimated that 250,000 Australians were affected by the policies and practices of forced adoption, with most adoptions occurring between 1950 and 1975. The policies saw unmarried mothers forced, pressured or coerced to give up their children rather than bear the shame and social stigma of pregnancy and birth outside marriage. Such pregnancies were shrouded in secrecy and the mothers hidden away until the post-partum period, when they were expected to return home, forget about their babies and get on with their lives.

They did not forget.

Visit the Forced Adoptions website to learn more about the effects on mothers, fathers, adopted persons, and others within the family. The website was created by the National Archives of Australia to increase awareness and understanding of forced adoptions. It provides access to research, records and resources, and an opportunity for those affected to contribute their own experiences of forced adoption.

A national touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Public Programs

Commemorating the National Apology for Forced Adoptions

Saturday 24 March, 11.00am, LibraryMuseum
02 6023 8333 or learningoutreach@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

On March 21, 2013 a formal apology to people affected by forced adoption policies was delivered by the Australian Government. The apology acknowledges the unethical and, in many cases, illegal practices of separating mothers from their babies, creating a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering for those affected. Drop in to the LibraryMuseum anytime this month and make a paper flower for the commemorative wreath and attend the ceremony and morning tea on Saturday.

Seniors Festival guided tour

Friday 6 April, 11.00am, LibraryMuseum
RSVP 02 6023 8333 or learningoutreach@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

A guided tour of the exhibition as part of the NSW Seniors Festival