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Author Talk: Tanya Bretherton & The Suitcase Baby (Civic Library)

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

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This program is suitable for adults (16+).

Celebrate Women's History Month with a fascinating tale of innocence and murder.

Meet author Tanya Bretherton and listen as sociologist and historian discusses her recent book The Suitcase Baby with us at 10:30am, 8 March at Civic Library.

In Sydney in the 1920s, babies were turning up in the harbour, on trains, and in public places. These babies, all murdered, mostly by their mothers, were a devastating symptom of changing morals and a growing metropolis. One of these babies turned up on a harbour beach - and from there, an extraordinary story unfolded. A true history that is both shocking and too real, this unforgettable tale moves at the pace of a great crime novel. Police tracked down Sarah Boyd, the mother of the suitcase baby, and the complex story and subsequent murder trial of Sarah and her friend Jean Olliver became a media sensation. Sociologist Tanya Bretherton masterfully tells the engrossing and moving story of the crime that put Sarah and her baby at the centre of a social tragedy that still resonates through the decades.

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  • Bookings are essential for this program as places are limited. We are unable to accommodate participants who have not made a booking.
  • Please contact the library if you wish to amend or cancel your booking. This will enable others to participate in the program.
  • Please arrive 10 mins early to allow time to check in; this assists the program to run on schedule.
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