Gone to a Good Home

DURATION: 1 x 52 mins

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Gone to a Good Home


For three decades, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Australian authorities pressured many unmarried mothers to give up their babies for adoption into what they considered "better" homes - those of married couples. At a time when society had no place for single mothers and their illegitimate children, these women were unaware of their legal rights. Sometimes they were coerced, even drugged, and their babies literally stolen. Despite arguments that the practice was well-intentioned, for the individuals involved the ongoing impact has been devastating. This documentary explores the experiences of these women and their efforts to contact their children and gain recognition for past wrongs, while revealing the dramatic change in social values that has since occurred.

From the NFSA’s Film Australia Collection.

A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Big Island Pictures. Produced in association with the Pacific Film and Television Commission and SBS Independent.

© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Pacific Film and Television Commission.


Karen Berkman
Mark Hamlyn
Mark Chapman
Heather Phillips (original script and concept)
Screen Australia; Big Island Pictures