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The Australian Assistance Plan (AAP), a little-remembered yet radical and imaginative program of social welfare reform, was introduced by the Whitlam government in 1973 and abolished three years later by the Coalition government of Malcolm Fraser. This article will chart the history of the...
Married men and breadwinning were mutually implicit in Pakeha narratives of masculinity in nineteenth-century New Zealand. This article explores the idea that an implicit but important promise held out to immigrants from the mid-century was the promise of sole male breadwinning, and that this...
During the mid-twentieth century some Australian children spent as many as eighteen years in orphanages and other forms of institutional care. Who, then, were the families they left and what contact did they continue to have with them in the orphanage? How do they make sense of these experiences...
This article examines two periods in the history of Victoria's child welfare system—the years following the implementation of a government-run system of industrial and reformatory schools in 1864, and the World War II era—with a particular focus on exploring the ways in which families...
This paper seeks to draw welfare and Indigenous history into the same analytic frame by analysing the religious impulses underpinning ideas about welfare for Indigenous people and poor whites in a period of acute transition for the poor law between 1815 and the 1830s. During these years the...
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