Submissions Library

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Submission – Kenneth Gregory Baldwin

This submission highlights the challenges faced by Greg Baldwin’s family regarding the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, and discusses how policies negatively impact Stolen Generation survivors and their families.

Size: 822.96 KB
Date: 12 June 2024

Submission – Bradley Collins

Bradley Collins is a proud Koori Man from Melbourne. This submission details his family history as members of the Stolen Generations, the destruction of cultural history and his dreams of justice.

Size: 60.49 KB
Date: 28 May 2024

Submission – Patricia Hayes

Patricia Hayes is a Bidwell woman.

This submission details Patricia’s experience growing up after she was taken away from her mum at the age of eight weeks old, and lived in 36 different homes. The submission speaks to the abuse Patricia experienced in the homes. It also details Patricia’s experience meeting her mother for the first time at the age of eight. Patricia thinks that the cycle of Aboriginal children been taken away and placed into state award needs to stop.

Size: 64.13 KB
Date: 20 May 2024

Submission – Lionel Dukakis

Lionel Dukakis is a Proud Gunditjmara Man and Managing Director of Indigenous Affairs First Nations Traffic Management & First Nations Labour Hire Pty Ltd.

This submission outlines Lionel’s experiences as a member of the Stolen Generation and in creating change through employment and empowerment of Mob.

Size: 139.89 KB
Date: 4 May 2024

Submission – Wilfred Carter – Transcript

Wilfred Carter (Willow) is a Gunaikurnai and Wotjobaluk man.

This submission is a transcript of Willow discussing his upbringing at Lake Tyers Mission. It outlines the difficulties and trauma Willow experienced growing up as an Aboriginal man in the 1960s, including a loss of language and culture.

Submission – Thomas Marks

Thomas Marks is a Wotjobaluk/Gunaikurnai man.

In this video submission, originally produced for the Disability Royal Commission, Thomas describes the lifelong impact of being part of the Stolen Generations.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.

Submission – Find & Connect Web Resource

The Find & Connect web resource is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services to document the history of child welfare in Australia. The resource assists people who grew up in out-of-home care, including Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and members of the Stolen Generations, to discover and access information and records about their time in care. It is managed by the Find & Connect web resource team, based at the University of Melbourne.

This submission makes recommendations to address the ongoing inequality between Victorian First Peoples and other Australians trying to discover their history in care, their families, and their experience of records access.

Submission – Charmaine Sellings

Charmaine Sellings lives in Lake Tyres and works at the Lake Tyres Aboriginal Trust. Her grandfather was stolen generation from Healesville but was raised by Elders at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, and her Grandmother was a Kurnai woman and born at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust.

This submission describes the impact of ongoing racism, child removal and intergenerational trauma. It make suggestions for change including an increase in funding and respect.

Submission – Anonymous 97

This submission is from a kinship carer and the child of a Stolen Generations survivor. The submission speaks to frustration at the lack of support and funding for the children of Stolen Generations survivors.

Submission – Anonymous 417

This submission describes the shame and hurt a family experienced from having family members displaced and stolen, and the challenges of reconnection.

Size: 129.72 KB
Date: 7 February 2024