Forced adoptions in Australia, could it happen again?
Australia in the mid twentieth century has a dark history of forced adoption. Women who did not fit the moral expectations of the time (usually those who were young and unmarried) had their children taken from them at birth, often with little to no information left behind for them to be reunited.
Our guest today, Lily Arthur, is one story of many, and it is an absolutely heartbreaking one. It is also a story of determination and grit, and the long fight Lily went through to seek justice for what happened to her and many others.
Lily's book: Dirty Laundry: The Crimes A Country Tried To Hide: https://www.booktopia.com.au/dirty-laundry-lily-arthur/book/9781922532787.html
QLD Judgement can be found here: https://www.queenslandjudgments.com.au/caselaw/qsc/2004/456
Origins SPSA (Supporting people separated by adoption): https://www.originsnsw.com/
Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram
Guest: Lily Arthur
Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks
If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
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