Lady Detectives

in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226653631
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226653662 | DOI:
Lady Detectives

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This chapter discusses the detection works of the women social workers of the Charity Organization Society (COS) in Melbourne. It describes the strategies used by the COS “lady detectives” in getting the truth about welfare applicants, including Lillian Allen and Agnes Cutler the latter who is considered as the exemplar lady detective. It explains that these social workers did not always trust applicants' words and looked for evidence in the bodies of the applicants, their gestures, clothes, and furnishings. This chapter also highlights the importance of detection by the COS to teach Melbourne's charities and citizens about poverty.

Keywords: detection; women social workers; Charity Organization Society; Melbourne; Lillian Allen; Agnes Cutler; lady detective; charities

Chapter.  4850 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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