The Stolen Generations

The Stolen Generations


Removing the Stolen Generations The Sorrow and the Pity Buy the Book

Removing the Stolen Generations

"Unless comprehensive rebuttal - not just cheap shots - follows, Windschuttle has demolished the Stolen Generations story" : Robert Murray, "Removing the Stolen Generations", Quadrant, April 2010

The Sorrow and the Pity

"It is the kind of book which, were it not written by Keith Windschuttle, you could hand to a history undergraduate and say, 'Look, this is how it’s done. Now stop hanging round the student union and go and do some actual research.'” Philippa Martyr, "The Sorrow and the Pity", Quadrant, March 2010

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Recommended retail price: $59.95 (inc. GST) 
ISBN 9781876492 199
. Hard cover, 
656 pages, footnotes, bibliography, index, maps, photographs
. Published December 2009

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Stolen Generations - the definition
Maps of places mentioned in text
Introduction – Overview
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
The Pocket Windschuttle, now in print PDF Print E-mail

December 2010 

Long-time journalist Tony Thomas (The Age economics writer 1971–79, BRW 1981–2001) has teamed with historian and Quadrant editor Keith Windschuttle to deliver to lay readers an accessible version of Windschuttle’s huge tome on the Stolen Generations.

The Thomas version is called Stolen Generations: The Pocket Windschuttle, and is a 104-page paperback condensation of the original 656-page hard cover book The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, Volume Three, The Stolen Generations 1881-2008, published a year ago. 

The publishing model is unusual. Normally, buyers of the pocket book will pay $24.95 but Windschuttle will give a free copy of the pocket version to those who use the Macleay Press website to buy the bigger book ($59.95 plus postage). The buyer can then choose to read the easy or the hard version. [full text] [buy here] 

The Ten Big Fictions in Rabbit-Proof Fence PDF Print E-mail

Keith Windschuttle
May, 2010

The 2002 film, Rabbit-Proof Fence, directed by Phil Noyce, is advertised as “a true story”. Many school teachers think it is an accurate portrayal of history. It is anything but. The film gets the names of the major characters and locations right, but not much else. It is a work of dramatic fiction that tells at least ten major falsehoods. [full text]

Mind your language, Robert PDF Print E-mail

Keith Windschuttle
Quadrant, May, 2010

... Since public apologies are now customary rituals on the Left, Manne should make two of them: one to me for making a slanderous accusation for which he had no evidence, and the other to the Aboriginal people of Australia for describing them in quasi-zoological terminology that, as he says himself, is the equivalent of using the word “nigger” without inverted commas. [full text]

Manne avoids the main debate PDF Print E-mail

Keith Windschuttle
Quadrant, May, 2010

The central point in the debate over the Stolen Generations is the accusation that children were forcibly removed from indigenous Australians as young as possible for the immediate purpose of raising them separately from and ignorant of their culture and people, and for the ultimate purposes of suppressing any distinct Aboriginal culture. The purported aim was to end the existence of the Aborigines as a distinct people. As the Australian National University historian Peter Read defined the accusation: “welfare officers, removing chil¬dren solely because they were Aboriginal, intended and arranged that they should lose their Aboriginality, and that they never return home.”Or as Australia's Human Rights Commission, wrote in its 1997 report Bringing Them Home : “The policy of forcible removal of children from Indigenous Australians to other groups for the purpose of raising them separately from and ignorant of their culture and people could properly be labelled ‘genocidal' in breach of binding international law.” Using these works as its sources, the SBS television series First Australians encapsulated the charge for a popular audience: “Between 1910 and 1970 an estimated 50,000 Aboriginal children were removed from their families. Most were aged under five.”

My book, The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, Volume Three, The Stolen Generations, (Macleay Press, 2009) challenges these claims. Robert Manne has now responded in three separate places — ABC Radio National, the Weekend Australian and The Monthly. In none of them did he focus on the central charges above. He was unwilling or unable to engage in a genuine debate. [full text]

What About Volume Two? PDF Print E-mail

Keith Windschuttle
April 2010

To date, two volumes in the series The Fabrication of Aboriginal History have been published: Volume One, Van Diemen’s Land 1803-1847, and Volume Three, The Stolen Generations 1881-2008. The two remaining books in the series, Volume Two on the Colonial Frontier from 1788 onwards, and Volume Four on the History Wars, will be published later, at a date yet to be announced.

While it is a little unusual to publish the third volume in a series before the second volume, it is not all that remarkable. Desperate to find something negative to say about me, the critics of my work have pretended this sequence is something very peculiar. [full text]