The Baby Farmers

The Baby Farmers The most common murder victim in th century Australia was a baby and the most common perpetrator was a woman Annie Cossins pieces together the fascinating story of the most infamous legal trial in

  • Title: The Baby Farmers
  • Author: Annie Cossins
  • ISBN: 9781743314012
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most common murder victim in 19th century Australia was a baby, and the most common perpetrator was a woman Annie Cossins pieces together the fascinating story of the most infamous legal trial in Australia to reveal an underworld of struggling mothers, unwanted babies, and a society that preferred to turn a blind eye.In October 1892, a one month old baby boy was foundThe most common murder victim in 19th century Australia was a baby, and the most common perpetrator was a woman Annie Cossins pieces together the fascinating story of the most infamous legal trial in Australia to reveal an underworld of struggling mothers, unwanted babies, and a society that preferred to turn a blind eye.In October 1892, a one month old baby boy was found buried in the backyard of Sarah and John Makin, two wretchedly poor baby farmers in inner Sydney In the weeks that followed, 12 babies were found buried in the backyards of other houses in which the Makins had lived This resulted in the most infamous trial in Australian legal history, and exposed a shocking underworld of desperate mothers, drugged and starving babies, and a black market in the sale and murder of children.Annie Cossins pieces together a dramatic and tragic tale with larger than life characters theatrical Sarah Makin her smooth talking husband, John her disloyal daughter, Clarice diligent Constable James Joyce, with curious domestic arrangements of his own and a network of baby farmers stretching across the city It s a glimpse into a society that preferred to turn a blind eye to the fate of its most vulnerable members, only a century ago.

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    1. In The Baby Farmers, Annie Cossins examines in detail the investigation and trial of Sarah and John Makin, who in 1892 stood accused of the murder of 13 infants found buried in their backyard.A hundred years ago, women who fell pregnant out of wedlock had very few choices. Prevailing morality condemned them no matter their circumstances, and keeping the child with them was usually impossible. Some risked backyard abortion services but many simple concealed their pregnancies as best they could, g [...]

    2. Exhaustively researched & written in a deliciously almost-purple prose (very 19th century, I thought), this book certainly gave me a clear impression of the slums & poverty of Sydney at the end of the 1800s. It starts with the sad story of unmarried teenage lovers forced by financial circumstance to surrender their baby daughter to 'baby farmers', where she shortly died. When you're a young man who can't afford to feed a family on one measly income, or you're a young woman who can't affo [...]

    3. ‘But what was baby farming?’ ‘One of the best kept secrets of the nineteenth century was the trade in the life and death of children.’This trade in the life and death of children was a consequence of the limited choices available to women who were pregnant and were either unmarried, or unable to afford a child. In the absence of effective contraception, safe abortion, social condemnation (if unmarried) and loss of employment with no welfare benefits or support, many women were desperate [...]

    4. This meticulously-researched account by law professor Annie Cossins is about the so-called adoption industry in the 1880s. The book focuses on the shocking case of Sarah and John Makin of Sydney, baby farmers who made their living from the misfortunes of young women who had babies out of wedlock. The Makins’ sordid activities – the murder and burial of no less than 13 illegitimate babies in the backyards of the houses they rented – resulted in a death sentence for John and life imprisonmen [...]

    5. Sydney in the 1890s: shame, syphilis and infanticide.If you were unmarried and pregnant, or married and unable to afford another child, you had very few choices in Sydney in the late 1800s.There was no contraception, no safe abortion, no support for poor families (much less single mothers), and no child welfare. In New South Wales the Children’s Protection Act was only passed in 1892. Each week the corpses of babies abandoned by desperate mothers were recovered in public places.In this environ [...]

    6. An okay read, opening a window on turn-of-the-century Sydney (that's late 19th - early 20th Century). Quite interesting. It's very detailed, and consequently seeming to take a long time to make a point in places.

    7. Well researched into the history of each person who played a part in this moment in history; this case which set a precedent in law today; the ancestry and humble beginnings of all involved. Annie Cossins has left nothing out. The Baby Farmers is a brilliantly written account of one of the most horrific cases in time, detailing the events as they had unfolded as well as the lapse in judgement of our judicial system at the time. John and Sarah Makin are no saints, but they did what they did to su [...]

    8. Ahhh, Australia. The backdrop for such a titular event as Nemo's desire to return to the reef. A country that gave us Paul Hogan, Bryan Brown, Mel Gibson, and Nicole Kidman. The murder case that inspired a phrase about some ridiculous Dingo. How much do we really know (as Americans) about this island/country/continent that is only a stones throw from the Antarctic? This former criminal wasteland? Apparently not enough to make a movie about this crazy family down under who adopted babies and then [...]

    9. This was an interesting read. Of course, it is a historical interpretation of events in 19th C New South Wales and maintains a sense of storytelling yet the book is well referenced and researched.

    10. Very rarely does a crime book catch my eye, but this was another recent Kindle daily deal that i couldn't resist buying. I was sucked in from the beginning, drawn into a world where killing your newborn was common practice for unwed women in Australian colonies. But what if you stayed your hand? No woman then could cart a baby around, unwed, and expect decent work or treatment. So Baby Farming was born, where by letters placed in newspapers could solve your problem, and potential families offere [...]

    11. Warning: Not suitable for people who will be disturbed by the true story of the murder of babies in 19th Century Australia. This researched history of the story of Sarah and John Makin, who were responsible for 13 babies found buried in their backyard, discusses the economic and moral situation which allow this.It quotes J Allen, "Sex and Secrets": "wborn infants were less than 3% of the population, their murder occurred at 55 times the rate of the murder of adults."If you need to be reminded ho [...]

    12. I liked this book, though parts dragged. I guess what annoys me most, ever, is our current society's supposed lack of morals in many ways made this nightmarish reality our past. Fast-forward to present day, and sadly, I think this could become our present day reality again if access to contraceptives and women's healthcare is not widely accessible.

    13. This book was truly awful. I think the author was going for a maximum word count on this one. If you can make it through the complicated "who's who" in this book, congrats! It would have been much simpler to have a sketch of the family tree. I know this is non-fiction, but it is so boringt to the point already!

    14. Fascinating if horrendous period of Australian history. The book is very well researched & generally quite readable. It gets a bit bogged down in legal system technicalities towards the end. The author doesn't mention the changes to the adoption system etc. which were brought in as a result of of this case & Joyce's continued perseverance.

    15. Really great snap shot of the Victorian Australia and illegitimate babies, the plight of single working mothers. A time of opium, syphilis, nine babies to every mother. I enjoyed learning about this time and the practice of baby farming, but did get a bit to heavy on the judicial system at the end. But great book.

    16. What probably is a very interesting story and what could have been a great book gets bogged down by so much pointless detail. There were also many times where the author repeated herself, in some cases within the same paragraph.Not worth the trouble.

    17. A fascinating look at the dark history of Sydney and its unfortunate residents. Well researched, well written and given the gruesome subject matter, adeptly handled. Have we really come that far in terms of child protection.

    18. I wanted this book to show how evil the couple the book was written about was, however it showed how awful life was in Victorian Australia and how illegitimacy and women fared! A great legal discussion also ensuedAn excellent easy to read true history of modern Australia. I loved it!

    19. This book is very readable, but it somewhat bothered me when it wasn't able to reach conclusions on certain things. If I want to read idle speculation, I can read my own stupid thesis.

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