Compass - Stolen Children
The role of churches and missions in removing Indigenous children from their families.
Sidney Rusca was taken as an infant from his family in Borroloola. Laura Knowles was taken from her mother who lived at Daly River. Clara Coulthard was taken from Ernabella in Central Australia, and Avis Edwards from Ceduna on the Great Australian Bight in South Australia.
Sydney, Laura, Clara and Avis were removed from their families, communities and culture and forced to grow up in Christian missions, hundreds of kilometres from their homes. The "crime" was that they had white fathers and Aboriginal mothers, and they were taken to give them a "better life".
These are some of the stolen children we meet in this Compass special that looks at the role of Churches and missions in separating Aboriginal kids from their families.
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