If I am coming back to you all again

  • Victoria K. Haskins

Abstract

‘The public should be taught that it is just as necessary to go to hospital for childbirth as for a surgical operation,’ a prominent practitioner told his audience of doctors in 1920.1 Nevertheless, most women, like Ming, preferred to have their babies at home with a midwife, or in a private ‘Lying-in’ establishment run by one. The public hospitals and their male doctors continued to cater to poor and working-class mothers, many of them single, many of them, like Mary, with nowhere else to go. A photograph of one of Crown Street’s wards from the time shows a long, cavernous room, with a dark polished wood floor and iron-framed beds lining the walls.

Keywords

Posit Ghost Tray Nomad Diphtheria 

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Notes

  1. 1.
    K. Reiger, The Disenchantment of the Home: Modernizing the Australian Family 1880–1940 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1985), 96.Google Scholar
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    In Ellen J. Sides, ed., The Letters of Elizabeth Kendall Bate (Surry Hills: privately printed, 1967), 75.Google Scholar
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    M. E. McGuire, ‘The Legend of the Good Fella Missus’, Aboriginal History, vol. 14, no. 2 (1990), 124–51.Google Scholar
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    George Taylor, ‘The Quest for the Australian Girl: Part II, Her Humorous Sister’, All About Australians, 1 April 1907, 229–35, cited in Sharyn Pearce, ‘“The Best Career is Matrimony”: First-Wave Journalism and the “Australian Girl”’, Hecate, vol. 18, no. 2 (1992), 72.Google Scholar

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