Bringing them home


In 1997 the Australian Human Rights Commission tabled the Bringing them home report in response to a National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.  The report estimated that anywhere between one in three and one in ten children were removed from their families between 1910 and 1970. 

Research based specifically on Queensland estimates that one in six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have been affected by removals between 1865 and 1971 (based on removals listed within official records).

Both the Bringing them home report and the Final report of the Royal Commission into the Aboriginal deaths in custody have stressed the importance of providing access to records containing family history information for family history research and support and family reunion.   

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