The Stolen Generation
In Australia in the 19th and 20th century, the Australian government allowed Aboriginal children to be taken away from their families without their consent. This laws motivation was so the government could provide protection for neglected, abused or abandoned children. There were, however, many hidden motivations that involved the overall goal to eliminate the aboriginal people entirely. This period of removed children is known as the stolen generations. Bruce Trevorrow and Fiona are some examples of children that were a part of the stolen generation.
Bruce Trevorrow’s childhood and identity as a part of the Aborigine culture were taken away from him, when he was only 13 months old. He was removed from his family because of the government law and transferred into a white foster home. “He grew up confused about the difference between him and the other children. He was taunted at school and became emotionally disturbed”. When he was 10 years old he came back to his real family, but his father was dead and his mother had remarried. Bruce was emotionally damaged from these events and as a result failed to settle back into his family life. He became an alcoholic, spent time in jail and could not get a job. In 1998, he claimed for compensation for the depression he had suffered as a result of being removed from his family. He received $525,000 in compensation from the Australian Supreme Court. This was the first payment of its kind and it became a landmark decision for other children of the stolen generation.
Bruce Trevorrow was taken from his parents during hospitalization for gastroenteritis, when he was only 13 months old. Other children such as Fiona were also removed from their families and have similar stories to Bruce. Fiona and Bruce Trevorrow were both born Aborigines and were, at an early age forced to live as white people as a result of the governments “child removal policy”. The police took Fiona, her sisters and...