Use Trove Advanced Search to combine more than one keyword or phrase or limit to specific year range. When viewing results use the Decade facet to further narrow by publication date/year (eg. 1950-1959)
Here are some examples of useful starting books available online or held in hardcopy in the Library. These books mention lots of further sources - these leads can save you time finding other related books and journal articles:
View other useful ebooks which discuss historical aspects of early childhood or child care.
Try a Keyword search in the Classic Catalogue.
Use broad keywords, and truncate your terms with the * symbol to broaden your search to find all the variations of a particular word. Browse these example searches below:
For more examples and search tips for finding books with primary sources see the Historical Primary Sources guide
Try Keyword Searches in other libraries' catalogues:
Trove - Books (Advanced Search) - discover books held in different libraries across Australia. Includes the option to limit your search to freely available ebooks as well as to create your own list of selected libraries for searching (eg. those in your local area)
or search specific library catalogues individually, for example:
Wollongong City Library Catalogue - lists books held in the Local Studies Library (useful for history in the Illawarra)
State Library of NSW Catalogue - lists many (but not all!) of the books and reports etc. held in the State Reference Library in Sydney
Also don't forget to take advantage of the Library's BONUS+ borrowing service!