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This is where you have to go : a forced adoption. A heartbreaking reunion. A mother's fight for justice

Holden, Lynda2024
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150,000 adoptions took place in Australia between 1950 and 1975. It is estimated that one in 15 was forced. Proud Dhunghutti woman, lawyer, human rights advocate and former midwife Lynda Holden tells her own heartbreaking story and of her fight for justice. In 1970, Lynda was eighteen, unmarried and pregnant when she was forced to give her baby up for adoption. She was sent by a doctor to a Catholic girls' home for unmarried mothers, and told she'd have no hope of keeping her child because she was Aboriginal. After twenty-six years, Lynda was finally able to make contact with her lost son - but the much wished for reunion didn't go well. When she looked into the adoption records, she found a web of lies - lies about her family, the baby's father, her 'consent' for the adoption - and her Indigenous heritage had been completely erased. So began a quest for justice: Lynda took on the Catholic Church in an attempt to right the wrongs of the past. In this incredibly powerful memoir, she sheds light on the lasting impacts of forced adoption on mothers, children and their families, and gives voice to the countless women who have been silenced for generations.
Author:
Holden, Lynda, authorTuscano, Jo, author
Imprint:
Neutral Bay, NSW : Pantera Press, 2024.©2024
Collation:
xii, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-288).
ISBN:
97806458180799780645818079
Dewey class:
305.89915092305.899
Language:
English
BRN:
556365
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Biography305.899 HOLOnloan - Due: 26 Jun 2024
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