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Behind The Wall. The Women of the Destitute Asylum Adelaide, 1852-1918

Mary Geyer


Behind The Wall: The Women of the Destitute Asylum, 1852-1918 (1994) by Mary Geyer is a history of some women who once lived at the Destitute Asylum in Adelaide, South Australia.

According to Mary Geyer, in March 1856, there were "65 women, 30 men and 43 children" housed at the Destitute Asylum.

Amongst the vignettes of women Geyer includes in her book are those of woman born in the Asylum's Lying-in home. For example, Olive Doran (b. 1885) went into kinship care after her mother unmarried died, and Ada Deare (b. 1900) went into foster care.

Adelaide’s Migration Museum (opened in 1986) now occupies the site on which the Destitute Asylum once existed.

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