The series delves into a subject both extraordinary and surprisingly common – the hidden histories of secret pregnancies, shotgun marriages, forced adoptions, and the challenges faced by young women in impossible situations. It is the story of what happens when young women, from just a generation ago, are put in impossible situations, and where this messy knot of secrets leaves families decades later.
To create this podcast Oberhardt, and LiSTNR’s team of award-winning producers, have navigated their way through a dark era of 1970s Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 1971-1972, 1 in every 28 babies born in Australia was adopted. For context, in 2020-21 this figure was 1 in 1145 babies.
Podcast host, Amelia Oberhardt, said: “I have been on this journey to find answers to my own family secrets for more than a decade. In that process, I found out so much more about the time that my mum was coming of age. It wasn’t easy to be a young woman in Australia through the 1960s and 1970s. “What surprised me during the making of this series, is just how common this story is for so many families and how many are still impacted today. I really hope this series can help to heal these families because it certainly helped change the way I feel about my mum.”
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