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Children’s Voices from the Past

New Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Kristine Moruzi
  • Nell Musgrove
  • Carla Pascoe Leahy
  • Explores how we understand and access the perspectives of children and their voices in the past

  • Draws together contributions from scholars of literary studies, history, and social work

  • Advances our understanding of the the cultural construction of the concept of childhood


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Nell Musgrove, Carla Pascoe Leahy, Kristine Moruzi
    Pages 1-25
  3. Children’s Letters and Correspondence

  4. Images of the Self

  5. Remembered Voices

  6. Speaking Back to Institutions

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-342

About this book


This book explores a central methodological issue at the heart of studies of the histories of children and childhood. It questions how we understand the perspectives of children in the past, and not just those of the adults who often defined and constrained the parameters of youthful lives. Drawing on a range of different sources, including institutional records, interviews, artwork, diaries, letters, memoirs, and objects, this interdisciplinary volume uncovers the voices of historical children, and discusses the challenges of situating these voices, and interpreting juvenile agency and desire. Divided into four sections, the book considers children's voices in different types of historical records, examining children's letters and correspondence, as well as multimedia texts such as film, advertising and art, along with oral histories, and institutional archives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kristine Moruzi
    • 1
  • Nell Musgrove
    • 2
  • Carla Pascoe Leahy
    • 3
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Catholic UniversityFitzroyAustralia
  3. 3.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Kristine Moruzi is Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Australia. She is author of Constructing Girlhood through the Periodical Press, 1850-1915 (2012) and co-author of From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Children’s Literature (1840-1940) (2018).


Nell Musgrove is Senior Lecturer in History at Australian Catholic University. She is the co-author of The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia: Just Like a Family? (Palgrave, 2018) and author of The Scars Remain: A Long History of Children’s Institutions and Forgotten Australians (2013).


Carla Pascoe Leahy is Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Honorary Associate at Museums Victoria. Her research examines the history of women and children in twentieth-century Australia. Her previous publications include Spaces Imagined, Places Remembered: Childhood in 1950s Australia (2011) and Children, Childhood and Cultural Heritage (2012).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Children’s Voices from the Past
  • Book Subtitle New Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Editors Kristine Moruzi
    Nell Musgrove
    Carla Pascoe Leahy
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-11895-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-11896-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 342
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Oral History
    Cultural History
    Social History
    World History, Global and Transnational History
    Childhood, Adolescence and Society
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