Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have been taken from their families since the start of colonisation in Australia. They have been stolen, taken for labour and removed from their families through government policies of the day.
This map includes many of the institutions, reserves and missions that Stolen Generations children were known or thought to have been forcibly removed to.
Due to the large number of institutions to which Stolen Generations children were removed, the differences in policy and practice between jurisdictions, and the great variation in the numbers of children removed to different institutions, we have divided the institutions in this map into three categories (see legend below).
If you’d like to learn more about the trauma and healing that’s taken place in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over the last two and a half centuries, check out our timeline of trauma and healing in Australia.
Well documented institutions, reserves and missions where the largest numbers of Stolen Generations members are known to have resided.
Institutions, reserves and missions where at least one Stolen Generations member is known to have resided.
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