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Saving South Australia’s Babies: the Mothers’ and Babies’ Health Association


This essay first appeared in the volume, Playford's South Australia: Essays on the history of South Australia, 1933-1968, edited by Bernard O'Neil, Judith Raftery and Kerrie Round, and published by the Association of Professional Historians SA [now the PHA SA], Adelaide, 1996, pp.275-294, and is republished here with minor variations and without illustrations.

Judith Raftery’s major professional and academic interests have been in religious history and public health history. Her recent work has focussed on the impact of colonial and post-colonial history on the health of indigenous Australians and she is currently researching the history of Churches of Christ Aboriginal missions in Western Australia. She is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, is a member of the SA Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, and has contributed to the work of the Professional Historians Association, notably through membership of its committee and co-editing its publication Playford's South Australia.

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