Our Koorie Family History Service was established in 2001 from recommendations of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families presented in the 1997 Bringing Them Home report. The Service was created specifically to assist members of the Stolen Generations and their families to access family history records and cultural information. Our first priority is therefore to help Stolen Generations clients and their families.

We have a broad understanding of the term “Stolen Generations” as we believe it encompasses Koorie people who may not officially be termed “stolen” but have been removed or separated from their Koorie family and therefore from their culture, heritage and identity. This also includes Koorie people whose parents or grandparents have been taken from their families, as their links to culture, heritage and identity have been affected.