The Edward Street Baby Farm
In 1907, Alice Mitchell was arrested for the murder of five-month-old Ethel Booth. During the inquest and subsequent trial, the general public was horrified to learn that at least 37 infants had died in Mitchell’s care in the previous six years. It became clear that she had been running a ‘baby farm’, making a profit out of caring for the children of single mothers and other ‘unfortunate women’.
This book retraces this infamous ‘baby farm’ tragedy and a trial which gripped the nation and led to legislative changes to protect children’s welfare.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘This is a well-researched and intelligent work that will be of particular interest to anyone interested in the social history of Perth in the early 20th century.’ History Council of Western Australia
‘Stella’s intense research and dogged interest … makes for fascinating reading.’ Subiaco Post
‘Thoroughly researched and engagingly told, Budrikis’ book brings together the strands of a complex situation to produce a compelling narrative that will keep readers turning the page to find out what really happened – and why.’ Writing WA
‘All medical professionals would benefit from reading this book.’ Medicus