'Such a longing': black and white children in welfare in New South Wales and Tasmania, 1880-1940 Parry, Naomi en_US 2022-03-21T15:31:43Z 2022-03-21T15:31:43Z 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract When the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission tabled Bringing them home, its report into the separation of indigenous children from their families, it was criticised for failing to consider Indigenous child welfare within the context of contemporary standards. Non-Indigenous people who had experienced out-of-home care also questioned why their stories were not recognised. This thesis addresses those concerns, examining the origins and history of the welfare systems of NSW and Tasmania between 1880 and 1940. Tasmania, which had no specific policies on race or Indigenous children, provides fruitful ground for comparison with NSW, which had separate welfare systems for children defined as Indigenous and non-Indigenous. This thesis draws on the records of these systems to examine the gaps between ideology and policy and practice. The development of welfare systems was uneven, but there are clear trends. In the years 1880 to 1940 non-Indigenous welfare systems placed their faith in boarding-out (fostering) as the most humane method of caring for neglected and destitute children, although institutions and juvenile apprenticeship were never supplanted by fostering. Concepts of child welfare shifted from charity to welfare; that is, from simple removal to social interventions that would assist children's reform. These included education, and techniques to enlist the support of the child's family in its reform. The numbers of non-Indigenous children taken into care were reduced by economic and environmental measures, such as payments to single mothers. The NSW Aborigines Protection Board dismissed boarding-out as an option for Indigenous children and applied older methods, of institutionalisation and apprenticeship, to children it removed from reserves. As non-Indigenous welfare systems in both states were refined, the Protection Board clung to its original methods. It focussed on older children, whilst allowing reserves to deteriorate, and reducing the rights of Aboriginal people. This cannot simply be explained by race, for Tasmania did not adopt the same response. This study shows that the policies of the Aborigines Protection Board were not consonant with wider standards in child welfare of the time. However, the common thread between Indigenous and non-Indigenous child removal was the longing of children and their families for each other. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher UNSW, Sydney en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.subject.other Aboriginal Australians -- Relocation -- New South Wales. en_US
dc.subject.other Stolen generations (Australia) en_US
dc.subject.other Aboriginal Australians -- Relocation -- Tasmania. en_US
dc.subject.other Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations. en_US
dc.title 'Such a longing': black and white children in welfare in New South Wales and Tasmania, 1880-1940 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dcterms.accessRights open access
dcterms.rightsHolder Parry, Naomi
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Parry, Naomi, History, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US School of Humanities & Languages *
unsw.thesis.degreetype PhD Doctorate en_US
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