One day my family was contacted by a lady claiming to be my father's half sister. I remember my father was shocked at the discovery, but also curious. Who was this person? How did they know who we were? It sounded like the stuff movies are made of, not the sort of thing that happened in our family. On meeting my Dad's half sister, who looked like my grandmother so there was no denying she was telling the truth, we discovered the story which is contained in the book above. It was written by my grandmother's sister. Unfortunately my grandmother had died only a few years before this time and they weren't able to reunite.
Of course we all had a million questions we wanted to ask, but nobody to answer them. My Aunty was able to find out who her biological parents were when the laws changed in the year 2000. Apparently my grandmother was pregnant to an American soldier, out of wedlock, and at the time frowned upon. As we couldn't ask my grandmother what the situation was, we can only assume she was persuaded to give the child up for adoption.
There is a brilliant exhibition on at the National Archives of Australia about this very subject, forced adoptions. The exhibition is called "Without Consent" and runs until 19th July 2015.