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Fremantle's 'lunatic' women, 1858-1908, a free talk by Alex Wallis

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Notre Dame

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As Long as the Dishes are Washed’: Fremantles Lunatic Asylum, 1858-1908

a free talk by Alexandra Wallis

Welcome to Notre Dame's open campus events for the 2018 Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Patient treatment in Fremantles Lunatic Asylum during the nineteenth century emphasised morality and work as a form of rehabilitation. Female patients, in particular, were told to scrub, launder, sew and wash to demonstrate they could conform to the ideal of womanhood. Their compliance was considered by medical staff to demonstrate a healthy mindregardless of the patients mental state or violent behaviours. By comparison, those women who refused to participate in household tasks were punished and their incarceration deepened. Using the astonishing patient records of the asylum, Alexandra Wallis will reveal acceptable and unacceptable behaviours of women in nineteenth-century Fremantle.

Join us for a full day on campus in which we explore the early archaelogy of the Swan River Colony, Fremantle's lunatic asylum, stowaway women, and the art of war. Our popular campus tours are back and, for the first time, you're invited to join Notre Dame's historians and archaeologists for an informal lunch. Tickets are limited, so book fast.

For more information on this and other Festival events at Notre Dame, visit us at www.nd.edu.au/heritagefestival.

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