Orphans of the living: growing up in care in twentieth-century Australia

Joanna Penglase

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In Australia, around half a million children grew up in 'care' during the twentieth century. Most often, they grew up with daily brutal physical and emotional abuse in the sterile environment of an institution. The author, herself place in 'care' when only eight months old, begins to unravel the seemingly inexplicable - how and why this could have happened? She looks at the profound personal costs to these children, and the huge social and economic costs of these past policies...
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFremantle, W. A.
PublisherCurtin University Books/Fremantle Arts Centre Press
Number of pages384
ISBN (Print)1920731814
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Children--Institutional care--Australia--History--20th century
  • Abused children--Australia--History--20th century
  • Institutional care--Australia--History--20th century
  • Child welfare--Australia--History--20th century


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