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Weston Bate Memorial Lecture

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sovereign Hill’s annual Weston Bate Memorial Lecture returns with Associate Professor Nell Musgrove from Australian Catholic University discussing the origins of child welfare on Victoria’s goldfields.

The rapid expansion of population that accompanied the rush for gold in Victoria, and the precarious lives of so many on the gold fields, generated a need for social welfare support both in goldfields cities and across the colony.

Institutions for children emerged as one of the most prominent responses. In this lecture, Nell Musgrove argues for a new history that pushes back against the deficit narratives that have often been used to tell the stories of institutionalised children, as well as institutional histories which celebrate the “good work” of “distinguished citizens”.

This kind of history can reshape our view of social life in the goldfields and beyond, and provide insights into the ways in which 19th-century decisions continue to shape social welfare policy and practice today.

Doors open at 5:30pm with the lecture starting at 6pm. A complimentary drink will be available before the lecture.


October 27
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sovereign Hill
Bradshaw Street
Ballarat, 3350 Australia
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