Callan Park: Compassion and Conflict in The Asylum

Using images – some never seen publicly before – and oral history interviews (including the Rozelle Hospital Oral History Collection) Roslyn Burge has created a fascinating insight into the former mental asylum, capturing the stories of patients, residents, staff, the community, the landscape and Callan Park’s importance as a place of refuge and conflict. The Read more …

Dave Earl

Dave Earl is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, based in the Race and Ethnicity in the Global South Research Collaboration. He also lectures in the Department of Education and Social Work’s Indigenous Education Program. His research interests include histories of youth, gender, welfare, education and disability. and Read more …

The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption

Marian Quartly, Shurlee Swain and Denise Cuthbert, in The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption (Monash Unversity Publishing), tell the history of adoption in Australia from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to its decline at the beginning of the twenty-first. As the rate of adoptions in Australia falls to a historic low, and parliaments Read more …