Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Upcoming GSV Talk

Catholic Orphanages - Why did they develop as a separate strand of child welfare? - Jill Barnard



Jill Barnard is a professional historian and a partner in ‘Living Histories’,which is an organization formed 1998 to research and present commissioned histories.

Jill is a graduate of Monash Uni MA Public History, and as a professional historian she has published many studies, though she rates the Catholic child Welfare study as the most challenging and rewarding so far.


The talk covers the early development of “Orphan Asylum” in Victoria as it became apparent after the Gold-rush turmoil, that there was a need for Welfare for children who were not only true orphans, but victims of Immigration, Dislocation, Death,   and Desertion. Children of many families ended up in Asylums off and on, depending on their parents’ circumstances.


The Victorian Government passed the “Neglected and Criminal Children’s Act” in 1864.


Sat 14 Nov 15 @ 10.30AM - 11.30AM  GSV Meeting Room, Level B1, 257 Collins Street Melbourne


(members free, AIGS / RHSV member $7.50 & non members $10.00) Booking essential. At the Genealogical Society of Victoria

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