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Stories of the stolen generation #1
Stolen Generation Stories #2
“One day the Native Welfare lady came with her husband named Don. My father saw them coming to the holiday camp where we were staying. He said to me, ‘You’ll have to run or they’ll catch you up. And if they grab you they’ll never let you go.’
When she came close I ran and then she started to run after me. My mother and father said ‘You’d better hurry.’ I ran—not to let her catch me up. It was about sundown and I ran a long way. She never caught me, but made her intentions quite clear.
She told my parents, ‘I’ll get the police on to you. You won’t have that girl for too long, I’ll report you. She’s got to go to the settlement.’ She did report me. But we moved to Rocklea Station.
While we were at a meeting there my father heard of a job as a station hand at Wyloo Station. He got that job and I got a job there doing housework. One day the police came there looking for me, but the station manager said, ‘She’s all right, she’s working here, we’ll look after her.’ So finally the police left me alone.
Within a few weeks I had my cousin brother and sister picked up from Mulga Downs and at Mount Florence. Ronnie Mills, his sister and cousin were taken away to Mogumber. They were younger than us by perhaps four or six years. Native Welfare picked up another two kids from Hamersley. They were the younger cousin brothers of [Aboriginal elder] Nelson Hughes. They never returned to their home country.”
THE STOLEN GENERATION
Lifelong search for their parents
Low self esteem and feelings of worthlessness
Loss of cultural affiliation
Unhealthy lifestyle - shorter lifespan
Long term Effects
I was taken from my family by the Aboriginal Welfare board, as a four year old, along with my older and younger sisters and my brother Gordon. They took us girl’s to the Cootamundra Aboriginal Girl’s Training home and sent Gordon to the notorious Kinchella boys home. I would never see my father again as he had died before I was “released” (even though him and mum made many attempts to visit us in the homes). I would not see my brother for 20 years (he died shortly after we found each other) but I was fortunate enough to have some months with my mother before she passed away. The “Girl’s” from the home are still my “Family” but I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to reconnect with my extended family as well.
Lola Edward's Story
Stolen Generation Stories #3
My mother, deceased, was taken from her family. She had an Aboriginal father and English mother and was subsequently adopted out. Unfortunately, this information about the adoption was hidden from my brothers and myself (and we assume also from my mother).
It was only recently, thanks to Link-Up, that we found out about our true family heritage. We found out what we thought was our family history on my mother’s side was a lie and that we have been denied our Aboriginal heritage.
At age 50 I have no idea who my grandfather was and no contact with any other family members on my mother’s side. We have searched for the past couple of years but to no avail as we are tracing events from 80 years ago.
This has left us angry, confused and saddened that we may never know my mother’s family. How do you put a price on that? It has left an empty feeling and a longing for family.
This disgraceful government policy was so effective in ‘assimilating’ my mother that my two brothers and I had no real connection to a wonderful culture that as middle-aged men we are eager to engage with, but with no known relations.
The impact of a policy, enforced in 1926, will impact on my brothers and myself many years into the future.”
Why did white people do this?
The White People thought they were helping by taking them away to "the white people society" Because they thought it was a better living conditions then when they were living with their families.
When did The Stolen Generation happen?
The forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was official government policy from 1909 to 1969.
Is it still happening?
Yes, many aboriginal family members are being taken. There are now more than 4,500 Aboriginal children in state care in New South Wales alone. The forced removal policy ended in 1969 but unfortunately it is still happening.
Do you think that this is a human rights issue?
Yes, all humans have the rights to live with their families. Anything to do with children well-fare is a human rights issue. The stolen generation is being discussed by the human rights commission
The common theme in these stories is that all the people are being taken from there families without wanting too.