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Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Houses in Western Australia, 1829 to 1910
This publication from leading West Australian historian Penelope Hetherington resonates with a clarity of subject matter that will distinguish this work as a leading insight into the forgotten history of Australia’s wealthiest state. Based on meticulous research, Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Houses not only seeks to throw light upon those who are neglected within the celebratory history of WA’s past, but also adds a fundamental new dimension in the definition of contemporary Western Australian identity. Historically sensitive as it is concise, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in examining the social, economic and political history of colonial Western Australia, and for all those whose work will benefit from a clearer understanding of the cultural and socio-economic forces characterising contemporary WA.