The Edward Street Baby Farm

Past Event

In 1907, Alice Mitchell was arrested for the murder of five-month-old Ethel Booth. During the inquest and subsequent trial, the general public was horrified to learn that at least 37 infants had died in Mitchell's care in the previous six years. It became clear that she had been running a 'baby farm', making a profit out of caring for the children of single mothers and other 'unfortunate women'.

This book retraces this infamous 'baby farm' tragedy and a trial which gripped the nation and led to legislative changes to protect children's welfare.

Stella Budrikis was born in England but has lived in Western Australia for most of her life. She has worked as a general practitioner, pastoral carer, addictions clinic doctor and freelance writer. Stella is married with two grown-up daughters and enjoys researching family and social history.

Wednesday 1st December 2021 @ 10.00 - 11:30 am

Local History Centre, 99 Loftus Street, Leederville.

Morning tea will be provided.

Bookings essential: 9273 6090 or

Book online.


Event Details

Time: 10 am until 11:30 am

Venue: City of Vincent Local History Centre

Event Date(s)

  • Wednesday 1st December 2021

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