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 elder brother...

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My grandmother’s experience of ‘adoption’ in the 1870s comes from my as-yet-unpublished account of working class life in early Melbourne – an account of her life and times, as seen through the many kitchen windows that framed her perspective.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

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 grocery,...