Dr Nell Musgrove - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Dr Nell Musgrove is the author of 'The Scars Remain: A Long History of Forgotten Australians and Children's Institutions', Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2013.

She holds an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (2013-2015): A Long History of Foster Care in Australia: hidden stories of growing up in foster care in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This project is being conducting in association with Dr Dee Michell of the University of Adelaide. The project continues Dr Musgrove's association with the Federal Government's Find and Connect Web Resource, a website which brings together histories of out-of-home 'care' and archival holdings to help support Former Child Migrants, Forgotten Australians, their families, and all people with an interest in this part of Australia's history.


Dr Musgrove has a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne which examines the history of children in institutional 'care' in Victoria: 'The Scars Remain': Children, Their Families and Institutional 'Care' in Victoria, 1864-1954.

She also has a Master of Arts by Research (History) from the University of Melbourne: 'Making Better Families': Family Welfare in Melbourne 1945-1965; and a Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne, honours year in history: 'Denying Diversity': The Policy of Aboriginal Assimilation in 1950s Australia.


Phone :03 9953 3208 (Melbourne)
Email :Nell.Musgrove@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Welfare History ; Australian Social History ; Women's History ; Child and Family Welfare History ; Historiography and Ethical Historical Practice ; Australian Indigenous History ; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History ; Indigenous History ; History of Childhood ;

Methods Expertise

archival research ; oral history ; Social History ; Qualitative Research ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


The Scars Remain: A Long History of Forgotten Australian and Children's Institutions


a??We Are the Stories We Tell About Ourselves: Child Welfare records and the construction of identity amongst Australians who, as children, experienced out-of-home a??carea??, in Archives and Manuscripts, Vol. 40, no. 1, pp.4-14


Takin' care of business: Collaboration, equity and respect for Indigenous culture in tertiary education, in A scholarly affair: proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia 2010 national conference

Teresa Wardell: Gender, Catholicism and Social Welfare in Melbourne, in Firsts, Founders and Feminists: Women Leaders in 20th Century Australia


The 'best interests of the child' Historical perspectives, in Children Australia (print version)


a??Every time I think of baby I crya??: dislocation and survival in Victoriaa??s child welfare system, in Australian Historical Studies (print version)