Rediscovering Foster Care

  • Nell MusgroveEmail author
  • Deidre Michell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)


In this chapter, Musgrove and Michell take a mixed methods digital history approach to studying the profile of foster care in Australia’s historical newspapers from 1865 to 1954. The chapter demonstrates that while child welfare itself was a reasonably significant issue in the press during this period, attention to foster care was dwarfed by coverage of institutional provisions for children. It also reveals how negative coverage of foster care dominated in the media, and, using a case study approach, shows that the Victorian welfare department predominantly engaged with the press in response to negative attention to its work and children under its care.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityFitzroyAustralia
  2. 2.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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