Influences of Nineteenth-century Victorian Values on Health Concerns in Parramatta New South Wales (Australia)

Author(s): E. Jeanne Harris

Year: 2018

Summary

This paper presents preliminary findings of doctoral research exploring the influences of Victorian middle-class values on nineteenth-century health concerns. After years of professional research on 19th health-related artefacts within archaeological assemblages, the author noted a reoccurring pattern in the historical literature which promotes the idea of a lack of middle-class values within working-class populations.

This research project contests this notion by exploring how these values influenced public and private health concerns as reflected in the archaeological record of Australia’s second oldest city – Parramatta, NSW.  Eight archaeological collections were analysed to identify health concerns and delineating similarities and differences in the class-related attitudes towards health concerns. The proposed interpretation is that these values were deployed/imposed by the Middle Class as a form of social reform and to improve the quality of life of the working class, and in doing so improving the quality and health of society at large.

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Influences of Nineteenth-century Victorian Values on Health Concerns in Parramatta New South Wales (Australia). E. Jeanne Harris. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441512)

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Keywords

General
Health middle-class Victorian

Geographic Keywords
AUSTRALIA Oceania

Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: 112.952; min lat: -43.648 ; max long: 153.606; max lat: -10.71 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 104