How many aboriginal children were taken from their families in total in the stolen generation period?

all i want is numbers, not info on what happened, everyone knows what happened. i just want to know how significant the numbers are, because as an everyday aussie who had nothing to do with it, am being blamed for it. and im sick of it

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  • Between 1910 and 1970 up to 100,000 Aboriginal children were taken forcibly or under duress from their families by police or welfare officers.

    Most were under 5 years old.

    Between 10 and 30% of all Aboriginal children were removed, and in some places these policies continued into the 1970s.


    As you can see by some of the answers you’ve received so far, racial bigotry is alive and well and living here on YA. As a member of another type of “stolen generation” I was adopted during the baby snatch era of the 60’s and 70’s……..I totally disagree with those idiots Bingalee and Mulga, I would hate to think that their opinions are taken as a general view held by Australians, its not. There never was, and never will be, any justification for stealing children from the parents who gave birth to them. No, I wasn’t taught about the stolen generation in school, Im in my 40’s, it was all brushed under the carpet. What I know about the subject I have learned by research and in homeschooling my teenage daughter. That anyone could be of the opinion that child stealing is ok amazes me, the colour of your skin or cultural heritage has nothing to do with your ability to love and raise your children. Just because their lifestyle was different to the white way of doing things didnt make them wrong and the crimes committed against the stolen generation, or for that matter those of us affected by the baby snatch era, where young single women were considered to be mentally and morally deficient if they became pregnant, can NEVER be adequately compensated for. Edit: Just wanted to add that alcohol would not have been an issue for the Aboriginal people if us bloody arrogant white people hadnt introduced it to them in the first place!!

  • I hope the links below are helpful to this day the ramifications are still felt. I do not know if there will ever be a true number.

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