Specialisation: Welfare History, History of Childhood, Philanthropy, Charity, Comparative Indigenous History
Professor Shurlee Swain is a professor of Australian Catholic University, and a Senior Research fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is a historian specialising in the areas of Australian social history, with expertise in the areas of religious, women’s, children’s and welfare history.
- consultant historian to various welfare organisations producing institutional histories and to the Women Shaping the Nation Project
- co-editor Australian Historical Studies; and a member of the Editorial Board of H-Childhood.
- Swain, S. (2007) ‘Nettles e Thistles… turned into roses for life’ : constructions of childhood in the international child rescue literature, In Stories for Children, Histories of Childhood. S. Sebastian and R. Findley (eds.). Tours, France: GRAAT.
- Swain, S. (2007) Negotiating poverty: women and charity in Nineteenth Century Melbourne, Women’s History Review, 16(1): 99-112.
- Swain, S. (2006) Infanticide, Savagery and Civilization: The Australian Experience, In Killing Infants: Studies in the Worldwide Practice of Infanticide. B. Bechtold and D. Graves (eds.). New York: Edwin Mellen Press.
- Swain, S. (2005) The historical invisibility of the working of the mother: Australia 1880-1920, In Double Shift: Working Mother and Social Change in Australia. P. Grimshaw, J. Murphy and B. Probert (eds.). Melbourne: Circa.
- Swain, S. (2005) Maids and mothers: domestic servants and illegitimacy in 19th Century Australia, History of the Family, 10(4): 461-72.
- Evans, J., Grimshaw, P., Philips, D. and Swain, S. (2003) Equal Subjects, Unequal Rights: Indigenous Peoples in British Settler Colonies, 1830’s-1910. Manchester: Manchester University Press.