Table of contents for Deserted and destitute : motherhood, wife desertion, and colonial welfare / Christina Twomey.

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Part I
1   The Culture of Colonial Marriages
Single mothers at court
Husbands as defendants                                17
Criticising male behaviours                           20
2   Colonial Women's Labours: Family and Community
Networks in a New Society                            27
Family economies                                      35
Illness                                               43
Pregnancy                                             44
3   The 'Niggard Hand'? Poor Mothers and the Negotiation
of Relief                                            47
Outdoor relief                                        49
Indoor relief                                         55
Women as inmates                                      65
4   Courting Men: Destitute Mothers, Magistrates and Police  74
The colonial courthouse                               75
Vagrants and prostitutes                              81
Part II                                                   89
5   Public Voice, Private Charities                       91
Female charity workers                                91
Proposing change                                     103
6   Absent Fathers and Criminal Children: Deserted Wives
and the Development of Welfare Policy               109
The colonial magistracy                              109
Criminal children                                    117
SReuniting the Family on the Land                       128
Deserted wives, the city and social order            131
Resolving contradiction                              134

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Low-income single mothers Services for Australia Victoria History, Poor women Services for Australia Victoria History, Women colonists Australia Victoria Social conditions, Desertion and non-support Australia Victoria History