History events at the IHR

Dr Shirleene Robinson, (Macquaries University, Sydney/Menzies Centre for Australian Studies and Department of History, King's College, London)

04 June 2013, 17:15 - 19:15

Event Type: Seminar


Aboriginal Children in Private European Homes in Colonial Australia


The Australian state's role in removing Aboriginal children from their family groups is a topic that has received considerable attention since the 1997 Bringing them Home Report of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. While state-based missions and reserves were central sites of removal, a significant number of Aboriginal children were unofficially removed from their family groups. These children were privately placed with European families during the colonial era. This paper explores the shifting reasons for this practice in this period in further detail, providing further information about the significance of race and regulation and Indigenous child removal in Australia's past. 

Venue: Room 102 (Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street 
London WC1E 7HU 

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