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About Adoption 9

In the 1950s psychological theories of identity and ‘attachment’ were still under scientific investigation. They were not yet a real issue in ensuring the health and moral development of the child. Heredity, and Freudian theories of internal drives and...

About Adoption 8

Back in the 1880s my grandfather’s sister was banished from her respectable family of Methodist lay preachers least she bring the whole family into disrepute and negate the message the family set out to transmit by their lives as well as their words. She...

About Adoption 7

When I joined the city office of the Methodist Babies’ Home in 1947 I was a very naive 16-year-old, attending to petty cash, basic typing and duplicating. As receptionist, it was my job to open a sliding window to greet unmarried girls arriving to hand...

About Adoption 6

My grandmother Annie Amelia was apprenticed to her foster mother as a household servant when she turned fourteen, without completing Grade 6. Those remaining in the Orphanage were often employed at thirteen as the demand for new admissions grew. Annie’s...

About Adoption 5

My grandmother’s experience of ‘adoption’ in the 1870s comes from my as-yet-unpublished account of working class life in early Melbourne – an account of her life and times, as seen through the many kitchen windows that framed her perspective. Orphaned at...

About Adoption 4

In 1841 three people who came into my little orphan Annie’s life were already here at work. It was grocer Germain Nicholson who arranged Annie’s ‘adoption’ by family friends.When he and his wife Eleanor arrived with the intention of setting up a wholesale...