Following the national apology by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 21 March 2013, the National Archives established a project team to deliver a website, exhibition and education program that meets the objectives of:
In working on these developments, the Archives is conscious of the personal and emotional nature of these experiences, which former Prime Minister Julia Gillard described as having contributed to 'a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering' for many Australians. We want to ensure what is created reflects the diversity of experiences in a respectful manner.
If you would like to contribute to the project or receive updates about it, we ask you to submit a mailing list form. Your contribution will help the Archives in preparing the new website and exhibition.
You do not need to complete this form if you have already submitted an expression of interest via this site or if you have sent us a mailing list form by post.
Since April, we have been working steadily to increase our understanding of the issues involved with forced adoptions. We have met with a number of advocacy and support groups to assist us with this learning. We are also using a range of methods to engage with individual stakeholders. In recent months, the project team hosted stakeholder engagement workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra. The workshops provided the opportunity to hear directly from individuals about their hopes and expectations for the website. Your contributions are also guiding the website's development. The workshops also gave the team the opportunity to meet individuals directly and provide information on the project.
In the New Year we are again holding workshops in state capitals and some regional areas. Please submit a mailing list form to receive details about these upcoming workshops. We will provide further information about where and when these workshops will be held.
A Facebook page dedicated to the Forced Adoptions History Project was maintained from 14 October to 20 December 2013. The page aimed to raise awareness of the project and encourage those affected by forced adoption practices to submit a mailing list form (expression of interest).
The wealth of information gained through the Facebook page will assist the development of the website and exhibition. To ensure we deliver the website by 21 March 2014 the Facebook page was unpublished as of Friday 20 December 2013.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed their time, thoughts and personal experiences to the page. We understand interest in the page remaining public so people can read and share with others. We are therefore exploring options to keep it accessible, but are unable to continue to moderate and allow comments on the page.
The project team will be on leave during the Christmas and New Year period, unavailable from 5pm on Friday 20 December 2013 until we return for the New Year on Monday 6 January 2014. The telephone and email will not be responded to during this time.
Please travel safely through the holiday season, be kind to yourselves and others. We look forward to working with you in the New Year.
(02) 6212 3669
Forced Adoptions History Project
National Archives of Australia
PO Box 7425
Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610