Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Houses in Western Australia 1829-1910

Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Houses in Western Australia 1829-1910

by Penelope Heatherington

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Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Houses in Western Australia 1829-1910 by Penelope Heatherington

"The story of poor relief in Western Australia intersects closely with the stories of convicts and assisted immigrants. The wealth of Western Australia was built largely on the hard work of thousands of indentured labourers, convicts and penniless immigrants. But the problem of unemployment frequently plagued the workers in a society with few resources and no charitable institutions. Who fed the indentured servants who were cast adrift by their masters? What was the government’s solution to the general problem of unemployed paupers, many of them ex-convicts? And what became of the destitute women and children and the sick and insane? Penelope Hetherington’s meticulous research discusses the system of nineteenth-century poor relief in Western Australia, illuminating the state’s social, economic and political history. "

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ISBN-13: 9781742580326
Publisher: UWA Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Penelope Hetherington was born in 1928 and has written six books and edited three others, as well as contributed many articles to Australian and overseas scholarly journals. Penelope taught in State Secondary schools until 1957 and worked in the History Department at the University of Western Australia from 1970 to 1993. She made several trips to Africa, especially to Kenya, and undertook research, both in the Kenyan Archives and by exploring the daily lives of ordinary people and tracing their personal histories. She was awarded a D.Litt in 2004 and is a Research Fellow of the UWA Department of History.

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