This collection contains the personal stories of people who have experiences with adoption, captured through the History of Adoption Project. It includes (but is not limited to) stories from adopted persons, separated parents, adopting parents, and professionals assisting with adoption. Stories are in the form of documents and audio files. Each story is classified by the following characteristics: state or territory, metropolitan or regional, decade, adoption experience.
The national History of Adoption project, led by Marian Quartly (Monash University), with Denise Cuthbert (Monash University) and Shurlee Swain (Australian Catholic University), seeks to discover the distinctive ways in which adoption has reflected and shaped family ideals within Australian settler society.