Without Consent

Without Consent: "Australia's past adoption practices" exhibition examines, through the contributions of people affected by Australia's forced adoptions policies and practices, what happens when social expectations, morality and authority collide.

It is estimated that 250,000 Australians were affected by the policies and practices of forced adoption, with most adoptions occurring between 1950 and 1975. The policies saw unmarried mothers forced, pressured or coerced to give up their children rather than bear the shame and social stigma of pregnancy and birth outside marriage.

Such pregnancies were shrouded in secrecy and the mothers hidden away until the post-partum period, when they were expected to return home, forget about their babies and get on with their lives. They did not forget.

This exhibition is developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia.

The exhibition is included in your ticket into the National Wool Museum.


Daily from 08 November 2019 to 27 January 2020

Upcoming dates

25 January 2020

26 January 2020

27 January 2020


  • National Wool Museum 26-32 Moorabool Street, Geelong 3220


  • Catering and/or dining
  • Change room facilities
  • First Aid available
  • Seating/viewing areas
  • Toilets available
  • Undercover areas
  • Wheelchair accessible


National Wool Museum

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Phone: 03 5272 4701

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 6 November 2019