Swain, S L. (2016). Beyond child migration: Inquiries, apologies and the implications for the writing of a transnational child welfare history. History Australia,13(1), 139-152. Australia: Taylor & Francis. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2016.1156212
The history of child welfare in Australia has been constructed within the context of empire, but the writing of British child-welfare history has paid little attention to Australia, noting only its role as a (complicit) destination for the last generation of child migrants, and, within studies of settler colonialism, its program of Indigenous child removal. This article brings these historiographies into a closer relationship, arguing that developments in the way in which child-welfare history has been written in the wake of Australian inquiries into historical abuse can inform similar inquiries now being undertaken in Britain.
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