For South Australia's Children
A History of the Kindergarten Union of South Australia 1905-1985
by John Carmichael
National Library of Australia, 2002, 291 pages, ISBN 0646405950, black and white photographs, paperback
Very Good Condition, faint stains to edges of first two title pages,
'For South Australia's Children traces the story of the Kindergarten Union of South Australia (KUSA) from a small organisation formed for mixed philanthropic and educational motives by leading citizens in Adelaide at the beginning of the 20th century. It explores how the insights, methodology and kindergarten philosophy developed by Friedrich Froebel in Germany became part of a concern for the welfare of the inner-city children in Adelaide.
After early enthusiasm there was a struggle to be taken seriously and to be accorded some parity with the State education system. By force of personality, augmented by powerful patronage, the Union's first kindergarten director, Lillian de Lissa, achieved much in this regard.'