An Unhealthy Government Experiment: Western Australia, 1897 to 1937—First Australians (Enhanced DVD)
When the British colonized Australia, there were mixed feelings toward the native people. Some viewed the natives as primitive and in need of regulation, while others worked alongside the natives - some had children together and created interracial families.
In Western Australia, there was a worry that children of the Aboriginals and Torres Straits Islanders, if allowed to be raised in their native communities, would become lazy, immoral, and uncivilized. The Western Australian government allowed children of native Australians and British settlers to be taken out of their homes, away from their families, and placed in the care of the government. This segment of the First Australians series examines the outcome of these misguided ideas and what happened to the Stolen Generations.
An Unhealthy Government Experiment: Western Australia, 1897 to 1937—First Australians