Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices

10 March 2017 to 24 June 2017

Museum of the Riverina
Corner Baylis and Morrow Streets
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Tour schedule

Opens:
10 March 2017
Closes:
24 June 2017
Location:
Museum of the Riverina
Corner Baylis and Morrow Streets
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Opens:
7 July 2017
Closes:
22 September 2017
Location:
Margaret Whitlam Galleries
The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney
Corner James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road
Rydalmere NSW 2116
Opens:
14 December 2017
Closes:
21 January 2018
Location:
Grafton Regional Gallery
158 Fitzroy Street
Grafton NSW 2460
Opens:
10 February 2018
Closes:
8 April 2018
Location:
Albury Library Museum
Corner Kiewa and Swift Streets
Albury NSW 2640
Opens:
20 April 2018
Closes:
29 July 2018
Location:
Qantas Founders Museum
Sir Hudson Fysh Drive
Longreach QLD 4730

Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices examines, through the contributions of people affected by Australia's forced adoptions policies and practices, 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, or view a selection of images from the exhibition.

This project has been assisted by the Department of Social Services.

The exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts' Visions of Australia program.

Copyright National Archives of Australia 2017