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The Stolen Generation 2022

The Stolen Generation refers to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed from their families between 1910 and the 1970s. The Stolen Generation was an attempt for Australian federal and state government agencies and church missions to 'breed' out the aboriginal race through a policy of assimilation. This piece explores the generational impact of the event.


Press- Arts Student Union


Delving deep into my aboriginal heritage, I had interviewed my native Australian cousins. I tried to uncover the mystery of how my grandmother managed to escape the terrors of the Stolen Generation.

The Stolen Generation refers to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed from their families between 1910 and the 1970s. The Stolen Generation was an attempt for Australian federal and state government agencies and church missions to 'breed' out the aboriginal race through a policy of assimilation.

The native plants and nature surrounding the aboriginal children create a familiar uncomfortably as the plants are aesthetically pleasing, which dramatically contrasts with the aggressive white silhouettes. On a deeper level, it also concerns the alleged debate, suggesting that Indigenous Australians legislated as part of the Flora and Fauna act, which did not classify natives as human beings.

I decided to use white silhouettes to represent the white Australian federal and state government agencies and church missions rather than traditional black silhouettes to convey how stark, cold, and empty the souls of these individuals would have done to commit such horrific acts.

The woman in the illustration is a portrait of my grandmother, the arm on the wrist shows the longing impact of the Stolen Generation, even when it ended. According to Australia Together, products of the Stolen Generation experience high rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and suicide, and poor health and socioeconomic outcomes. In addition, stolen Generations survivors, like my grandmother, now descendants, still have to deal with the financial difficulties, education divide and generational trauma.