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Author Cossins, Anne.

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

Imprint Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  364.15232 COSSINS    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  364 COS    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  364.1523 COSSINS    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  364.1523 COS    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  364.1523 COSSINS    Check Shelf
 Southington Library - Adult  364.1523 COS    DUE 08-12-15 Billed
Description ix, 293 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Record machine-generated from publisher information.
Contents pt. 1. Who were the Makins? -- pt. 2. Digging up the baby farmers' secrets -- pt. 3. Trials, appeals and various petitions -- pt. 4. Sarah Makin, reformed woman.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary 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.
Subject Makin, John.
Makin, Sarah.
Murderers -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Case studies.
Women murderers -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Case studies.
Infanticide -- Australia -- New South Wales -- History.
Trials (Infanticide) -- Australia -- New South Wales.
ISBN 9781743314012 (pbk.)
1743314019 (pbk.)
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