Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Overview of the stolen generation topic

This term, we have been learning about the generations of stolen aboriginal children in Australia. The class was given three options in which to display their knowledge so far: either a series of paragraphs, cartoons, or lyrics in the style of Archie Roach. Here is the paragraph written overnight by Shinal:

The things that i have learnt are that if a person is taken away they  will go through a lot of pain and rejection. Here are some paragraphs explaining why all these things happened.

When a child was a half-cast the Europeans didn't accept their Aboriginal origin, they used to be threatened to that their children might be taken away.The Aboriginal parents were really helpless towards saving their children from being snatched.The Mum used to cry and held onto the moments of separation, and the Dads used to try to fight and defend his family from being separated. No matter what happened the children had to leave home.They had to let them go, the children were taken and put in institutions and when they grew up they had to marry some other white people, the Europeans wanted them to breed out their race.

When the children were taken away they were used to be treated so harshly. They were beaten up ,abused ,starved and used as cheap laborers.The Europeans used to promise to the children that whatever they did that was going in to their funds, but that was a lie.Even the missionaries and the politicians thought that they were doing a good favour for the children and their future.But instead the experiences that they have been through that has scarred them for life.The feelings or emotions left inside them are anger,hatred and alot of pain inside their soul.
These experiences made them hollow and judgemental from the outside .Some of the Aboriginal people who still living today some of them they take drugs/ alcohol to relieve them from their grief ..

Some of the effects are good . Its just one and that is that they taught them how to read and write, so now can tell us the horrible past/ history.

The ideas that the Europeans had are really wrong and awful of getting rid of the Aborigines and wiping out their entire race. It is not acceptable.I'm really pleased to see that now days people are standing up and against all these kinds of situations. It's good to raise the voice of those whose were lost.


  1. Hi Shinal
    What an interesting topic to be studying! I learnt a lot about the stolen generation when I watched the movie "Rabbit Proof Fence." You have summarised your knowledge of this topic very well. Your paragraphs were well structured and easy to understand. It is very important that people keep talking about these issues, even after they have occurred, to acknowledge the suffering that people have endured.

    Miss Lepou

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