Professor Shurlee Swain - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

My research expertise lies in the area of Australian and comparative social history, with a particular interest in the history of childhood, women's history, welfare history, religious history, history of the family and Indigenous history. I am the team leader of the Historicising Social Policy program within ACU's Historical Research Concentration, building on the influence which my research has had on inquiries and responses to Australia's history of forced adoption and abuse of children in out-of-home care.


Phone :(03) 9953 3239 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

History of Childhood ; Women's History ; Welfare History ; History ; History of the Family ; Indigenous History ; Australian and Comparative ; Religious History ;

Methods Expertise

archival research ; oral history ; digital history ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

Selected Publications


The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption


Born in Hope: A History of the Early Years of the Family Court of Australia


Child, Nation, Race and Empire: Child Rescue Discourse, England, Canada and Australia, 1850-1915


Equal Subjects; unequal rights : Indigenous peoples in British settler colonies; 1830s - 1910