Under parliamentary policies that persisted throughout much of the 20th century, numerous Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly taken from their family homes and placed in institutions and foster families by church missionaries and government agencies.


These children have become known as The Stolen Generations.


In February 2008 the former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologised for the past mistreatment of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations (known as Australia's First Peoples) and for past Governments' wrong doings and the '...profound grief, suffering and loss...' that was caused by the forcible removal of these children.


This body of photographic work explores the historical consequences of the assimilation policy and the more recent effect of the Australian Government's 2008 formal apology.



As an artist born and practicing in Australia, I acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.

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