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State Children in Australia A History of Boarding Out and its Developments
Adelaide, printed by Vardon and Sons [for the State Children's Council], 1907. Octavo, [ii], 148 pages plus 6 plates. Decorated wrappers a little rubbed, creased and sunned; two pinholes in the front cover and the (adjacent) frontispiece; an excellent copy. 'This book is a labour of love. It was written by Miss Spence as a recognition of the services to the children of the State rendered by her friend, Miss C.E. Clark. The two ladies have been friends for fifty years, and were associated in the beginning of the Boarding Out of State Children in South Australia.... Miss Spence wrote the book, and the Council and other friends have subscribed to print and publish it ... It is sent forth to assist any fellow-workers among children, to whom its pages may bring encouragement, stimulus, or information.' This copy comes from the collection of W.J. Sowden, with his ownership signature and shelving details in pencil inside. Sir William Sowden (1858-1943) was a journalist and the influential editor of the 'South Australian Register' from 1899 to 1922. The front cover is inscribed in ink by James Gray, the secretary of the State Children's Council: '[The] "Register" with Compliments from the Author. To be offered at this Dept ... 1/3 paper, 2/- cloth'.
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