What's On

Gone to a Good Home - Documentary Screening

When:
Mon 21 Oct 2019
Cost:
FREE - Everyone Welcome. No Bookings Required.
Booking:
Not Required
Details:
Gone to a Good Home exposes how Australian authorities pressured many unmarried mothers from the 1950s to the 1970s to give up their babies for adoption.

In 1967, Lily was nearly 17, two months pregnant and living happily with her boyfriend Steve when police arrested her, declaring she was in moral danger. Despite having parental permission to marry, the couple were kept apart and Lily was confined in a Catholic girls home until the baby was born. Alone and confused, she was manipulated into signing adoption papers.

Almost 30 years later, her life is still defined by that event. “I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. It was the theft of my child.”

Lily’s story is not unique

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.

Gone to a Good Home 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.
Location:
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
280 Pitt St. Sydney NSW 2000
Contact:
Melanie Ryan on
  0292627300

Share Event

Share Gone to a Good Home - Documentary Screening with friends.

« Return to Event Listings

What's New

Accommodation near Ryde-Parramatta Golf

The Red Star Hotels West Ryde is located in the heart of Sydney's north-west suburb West Ryde
more »

Residential Design you can AFFORD!

Enquire now for any floor additions, granny flats, garages, studios, new homes, holiday homes, project management.
more »

The Prospect History Cottage The Prospect History Cottage The Prospect History Cottage Preserving Prospect's History
Section menu

Have You Visited

Announcement
Free computer classes - Get Online WeekEnjoy free computer classes on Wed 16 Oct to celebrate Get Online Week. Visit https://www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/gowView Macquarie Community College Ryde »