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Nobody’s Stooge: Matron Hicks and the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum

Author(s): Peter Davies

Year: 2014

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Summary

The Hyde Park Barracks Asylum for Infirm and Destitute Women was established in Sydney in 1862, and operated under the management of Matron Lucy Hicks until 1886. Over the years the inmates swept, discarded and stashed large amounts of debris into sub-floor cavities. This material was recovered during renovations to the building in the early 1980s, and includes large quantities of textiles, printed papers, sewing equipment, religious items and many other objects. Recent archaeological analysis of this material has revealed important aspects of the inmates’ institutional lives and the relationships between the women, the matron and the wider world.


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Nobody’s Stooge: Matron Hicks and the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum. Peter Davies. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436681)


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PaperId(s): SYM-12,06

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America