Reopening Update: August 2020

Enjoy a CovidSafe visit to the National Library.

Where can I find information on the Stolen Generations?

Crowd at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy gathered around the smoking ceremony to mark the Apology to the Stolen Generations


The Bringing Them Home report can be found on the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission website. The site also contains responses to the report and frequently asked questions.

The Bringing them home oral history project conducted by the National Library of Australia includes 340 interviews recorded by 41 interviewers. Interviews were conducted with families and children who experienced separation, as well as with those who cared for them, worked in institutions, and were involved with administration, policy and implementation in a professional capacity.

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) online exhibition To Remove and Protect includes state and territory legislation identified in the Bringing Them Home report that enabled the forced removal of Aboriginal Children, and also includes annual reports of state and territory ‘protection boards’ and subsequent government agencies.

The Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples speech made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 13 February 2008 can be found on the Parliament of Australia House of Representatives Hansard website.

A useful print item is Many Voices: reflections on experiences of Indigenous child separation. Other items can be found by searching our online catalogue. Try searching with the words "Stolen Generations Australia" or "Aboriginal Australians Removal" (include quotation marks). 

If you are unable to visit the Library, Trove can help you find and get items at libraries near you.