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Margaret Whitlam Galleries

Without Consent

Exhibition Photo

Exhibition Photo

Exhibition Photo

Exhibition Photo

Baby identification bracelet, 1975

A creche at a large maternity hospital, 1954

A creche at a large metropolitan hospital, 1953

Incomplete jumper knitted by Kim McIlveen, 1974

Matron and babies at Ngala, Mothercraft and Training home Perth, 1966

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard appologised

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7 Jul - 22 Sep 2017

Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices

Without Consent allows individuals affected by forced adoptions from the 1950s to the 1970s to tell their stories in their own words. The exhibition was developed following the national apology from former Prime Minister Gillard to shine a light on this dark period of Australian history, where the social stigma attached to unmarried parents, saw babies illegally separated from the mothers and often fathers who loved and wanted them.

Without Consent is a touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia, assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.