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Be home by dark: childhood freedoms and adult fears in 1950s Victoria


Pascoe Leahy, C, Be home by dark: childhood freedoms and adult fears in 1950s Victoria, Australian Historical Studies, 40, (2) pp. 215-231. ISSN 1031-461X (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10314610902865696


Oral history narratives construct the 1950s as a time of immense freedom for Australian children; roaming the streets happily and safely until night-fall. These idyllic recollections are framed by a set of contemporary concerns about the over-protected twenty-first century child. And yet the introduction, by a range of government agencies, of a variety of strategies to protect juvenile safety suggests that adult fears for children existed in the post-war years. This paper explores the seeming contradiction between the existence of such restrictions and the memories of carefree youth in 1950s Victoria.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history, children, Australia, freedom, mobility
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Pascoe Leahy, C (Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy)
ID Code:148744
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-02-04
Last Modified:2022-03-17

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