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Series ID20281
Previous System LocationSRS1197
TitleMothercraft Lectures in Schools
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Start Date Circa 1/1/1937
End Date Circa 31/12/1975
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Lectures presented at schools in mothercraft and child health

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Agency IDTitleFromTo
126Health and Home Affairs Department 1/1/1937 26/9/1963
105Department of Health 26/9/1963 31/12/1975
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Agency ID: 11466
Queensland Health
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Series IDTitleRelationship
20265Maternal and Child Welfare: Community Educational TrainingChild welfare training materials
20275Maternal and Child Welfare: Inhouse PublicationsChild welfare training materials
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Copyright State of Queensland
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"Fifty Years with the Maternal & Child Welfare Service, 1918-1968", by Dr Jean McFarlane, M.B, B.S, M.R.C.P.
File: School Lectures to 1969
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This series comprises two files entitled "School lectures to 1969" and "School lectures from 1969". It includes lists of the schools undertaking mothercraft lessons, itineraries for metropolitan and country areas and mothercraft examinations.

The Mothercraft Association believed that mothercraft should be taught as part of girls' school education. With the consent of the Department of Education, lessons were commenced in a few schools in 1936.

In 1937 the Association received a subsidy from the Department to extend the service. Miss Micheli commenced teaching Mothercraft in primary schools to which a Domestic Science Section was attached. During the war, the service was suspended.

In 1942, the Department of Education recognised the need and gave approval for Child Welfare Service to continue the school teaching which was undertaken solely by the staff of the Maternal and Child Welfare. After a gradual expansion of the service, it was offered to all high schools throughout the state in 1964. Sisters were allocated to areas - Brisbane and the Metropolitan area, the Central Coast, Darling Downs and Far North and visited schools according to set itineraries.

In 1967 Mothercraft was used in the Section of "Service" of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Mothercraft lectures extended over 11 weeks (10 lectures plus a film). Teenage girls were taught the basic principles of infant care, diet and hygiene. Certificates were given to all students who passed the examination and a prize given for the highest pass and best mothercraft project book. The prize was originally a book but this was replaced by a specially designed badge in 1964.

'Mothercraft' education later became known as 'Parentcraft' in schools.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 20281, Mothercraft Lectures in Schools
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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