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    Without Consent tour dates and locations

    Dates and venues for the first part of the national tour of Without Consent will begin in early 2016 in Western Australia. The following venues are confirmed:

    26 February – 24 April 2016, Western Australian Museum Kalgoorlie
    13 May – 24 July 2016, Western Australian Museum Geraldton
    5 August – 20 November 2016, Western Australian Museum Albany
    1 December 2016 – 21 February 2017, Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, Perth
    10 March – 24 June 2017, Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, NSW
    7 July – 22 September 2017, The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney
    14 December 2017 – 21 January 2018, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
    10 February 2018 – 8 April 2018, Albury Library Museum, NSW
    20 April 2018 – 29 July 2018, Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach, QLD

    Venues and dates for the rest of the national tour are being negotiated and once confirmed will be made available. The National Archives is working closely with the Department of Social Services to ensure the broadest possible reach for the exhibition tour.

    Without Consent opening

    On 30 March 2015 the exhibition was opened by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
    Watch a recording of the Without Consent opening.

    Speakers Corner

    On 20 March 2015 the National Archives held a Speakers Corner with Dr Geoff Rickarby OAM. Dr Rickarby discussed forced adoptions as a social anomaly, the negative consequences and broader impact on families from a psychiatric perspective.
    Watch a recording of the Speakers Corner.

    Speakers Forum

    On 21 March 2015 the National Archives held a Speakers Forum with eminent Australian academics who considered the question, 'What does a National Apology mean?'. Professor Nahum Mushin chaired the event with panel members former Senator Sue Boyce, Professor Mick Dodson, Dr Cate O'Neill, Dr Trevor Jordon and Dr Naomi Parry.
    Watch a recording of the Speakers Forum.

    Exhibition walk through

    Follow Assistant Director-General Louise Doyle and Curator Amy Lay through the Without Consent exhibition.
    Watch a recording of the exhibition walk through.

    Without Consent video portraits

    Nine videos of people from around Australia affected by forced adoptions. These videos are featured in the exhibition Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices.
    View the video portraits.

    Introduction to Without Consent featuring the National Apology

    Introduction video to the exhibition Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices. This video features the National Apology. 
    Watch the introduction to the Without Consent exhibition.