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New South Wales - Glossary Term


Alternative Names
  • Mental Deficiency

'Feeble-mindedness' is an alternative name for 'mental deficiency' and was applied to people who were either considered intellectually disabled or behaved in ways authorities found unacceptable. Please refer to the entry on Mental Deficiency for a full explanation.



  • Ellmoos, Laila, Our Island home : a history of Peat Island, Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care, Sydney, 2010. Details

Journal Articles

  • Evans, Caroline; Parry, Naomi, 'Vessels of progressivism? Tasmanian state girls and eugenics, 1900-1940', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 32, no. 117, 2001, pp. 322-333. Details

Online Resources

Prepared by: Naomi Parry