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Behind the Wall

The Women of the Destitute Asylum Adelaide, 1852-1918

Mary Geyer

Behind the Wall
‘She wore a severe blue-grey dress and a white apron like her fellow female inmates. The dress was standard issue and had been made by women who had lived behind the wall before her. It was not designed to flatter, but to last.’

Behind the Wall is a compelling social history, which provides an insight into Adelaide’s Destitute Asylum and the women who experienced life behind its walls.

‘Once a week she was permitted to leave the grounds for five or six hours. This privilege was tempered by the humiliation of the distinctive uniform. To be destitute was to be shamed.’

Who was she? Who were the countless other women who passed through the Destitute Asylum and Lying-in Home before and after her? What became of them? What would they have done if there had not been a Destitute Asylum?

Based on historical documents and accounts provided by descendants of the women of the Destitute Asylum, these are the stories of those women who endured life as South Australia’s paupers.

Mary Geyer was employed by the Migration Museum to research and write Behind the Wall after numerous visitor queries about the Destitute Asylum, which used to be in the same location. Mary Geyer lives in Adelaide.
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Category History
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743055779
Extent 72 pages
Price: AU$19.95 including GST
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