Racial hygiene

Rozanna Lilley

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Poem centred on discourses of "racial hygiene" in Australia promoted by members of the Women’s Reform League, especially Lillie Goodisson who established the Racial Hygiene Association of New South Wales in 1926. They advocated selective breeding, the segregation and sterilisation of the ‘mentally deficient’ and the introduction of pre-marital health examinations. At a time when backyard abortions were commonly available, highly dangerous and illegal, they also provided advice about contraception. Their program reflected broadly circulating ideas about eugenics in the 1940s.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGuide to Sydney crime
EditorsLes Wicks
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherMeuse Press
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • eugenics
  • racial hygiene
  • abortion


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