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The Resource The baby farmers : a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia, Annie Cossins

The baby farmers : a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia, Annie Cossins

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The baby farmers : a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia
Title
The baby farmers
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a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia
Statement of responsibility
Annie Cossins
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Language
eng
Summary
The most common murder victim in 19th century Australia was a baby, and the most common perpetrator was a woman. Annie Cossins pieces together the fascinating story of the most infamous legal trial in Australia to reveal an underworld of struggling mothers, unwanted babies, and a society that preferred to turn a blind eye
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In October 1892, a one-month-old baby boy was found buried in the backyard of Sarah and John Makin, two wretchedly poor baby farmers in inner Sydney. In the weeks that followed, 12 more babies were found buried in the backyards of other houses in which the Makins had lived. This resulted in the most infamous trial in Australian legal history, and exposed a shocking underworld of desperate mothers, drugged and starving babies, and a black market in the sale and murder of children. Annie Cossins pieces together a dramatic and tragic tale with larger-than-life characters: theatrical Sarah Makin, her smooth-talking husband John, her disloyal daughter, Clarice, diligent Constable James Joyce with curious domestic arrangements of his own, and a network of baby farmers stretching across the city. It's a glimpse into a society that preferred to turn a blind eye to the fate of its most vulnerable members, only a century ago
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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10277560
Cataloging source
ANL
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Cossins Annie
Dewey number
364.1523
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
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General
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Makin, John
  • Makin, Sarah
  • Women murderers
  • Infanticide
  • Trials (Infanticide)
  • Murderers
Target audience
adolescent
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a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia
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The baby farmers : a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia, Annie Cossins
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000050722593
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 293 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781743314012
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., map, facsims., ports.
Label
The baby farmers : a chilling tale of missing babies, shameful secrets and murder in 19th century Australia, Annie Cossins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000050722593
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 293 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781743314012
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., map, facsims., ports.

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