History of children's services in Melbourne Municipality 1910 to 1980

Crow, Ruth (1983) History of children's services in Melbourne Municipality 1910 to 1980. Crow Collection Association.


The main thrust of the Crow Collection Association's 1991/92 Living Library Project has been to help community organisations in the Western Metropolitan Region to plan for the twenty-first century. However, this documents mainly consists of a chart about children's services in the Melbourne Municipality. It can be applied, in its generality, to the Western Region but no doubt the West was greatly deprived of services as compared with the Melbourne Municipality. It may be useful to study the booklet on the "Deprived West" (in this Living Library series) to appreciate the differences between regions in the Melbourne Metropolis. The chart is part of a document prepared by Ruth Crow for Winsome McCaughey who was elected to the Melbourne City Council in 1982 and was Lord Mayor in 1988/89. Winsome was one of the founders of Community Child Care and thus one of her first matters of concern was to improve the way local government delivered children's services. Ruth studied all the reports of the City Health Officer (who was responsible for the Council's children's services) from the beginning of the century until the end of the 1970s. The full report (about 20 pages) is available from the Crow Collection at the Victoria University of Technology (Footscray Campus). Other sets of documents in the Crow Collection which may be helpful to children's services organisations are from movements with which Ruth was associated such as the Committee for Co-ordinating Child Care in Wartime (1943...), the Coburg Education Association (1964...), Action for Adequate Child Care (1968...) and Community Child Care (1972...)

Additional Information

Published by the Crow Collection Association as part of the 1992 Living Library Project on the History of Children's Services.
The Kit of Project Materials is also catalogued as CROW COLL 362.7099451 HIS. The complete kit comprises 12 booklets, a video, photographs and project documents, the result of a nine months Living Library Project on the History of Children's Services in the Western Region by the Crow Collection Association.

Item type Other
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/16155
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Current > Collections > Crow Papers
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Keywords children's services, Western Metropolitan Region, Melbourne, Winsome McCaughey, Melbourne City Council, 1982, Lord Mayor, community child care, Melbourne City Council Health Committee, Santlebury Brown, 1940's, 1930's 1910's, 1950's, 1970's, child care facilities, social services, suburbanisation, Carlton, North Melbourne, child hygiene, infant welfare, child welfare, A Living Library Project, Living Libraries Project, booklet 4, CROW-BOX14-17-11-DOC5
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