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"This sin and scandal" : Australia's population debate, 1891-1911

Hicks, Neville Derrington


'This Sin and Scandal' is a study of the agitated response of some sections of the public to the sharp fall in the birth rate around 1900. Women began to take an initiative in contraception and the size of families decreased dramatically from seven children or more in 1891 to an average of four for women who began childbearing in 1911. After 1890 the birth rate fell by 50 per cent and never recovered and net immigration dried to a trickle. This fall in population growth and the economic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 1978
Type: Book
Access Rights: Open Access


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