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The Search for Edna Lavilla

In 1942, Edna Lavilla Haynes died from a backyard abortion. After her death Edna was never mentioned again.

Best Documentary: Honorable Mention2007 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2007 / Eurydice Aroney / Sharon Davis / Radio Eye, Australia

In 1942, Edna Lavilla Haynes died from a backyard abortion. After her death Edna was never mentioned again.

More than 60 years later, Edna's granddaughter looks for clues -- a search that leads through police files and government records and down Sydney's back alleys of the 1940s, where one in four pregnancies ended in abortion and sometimes death.

The Search for Edna Lavilla won a Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award in the 2007 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story's sound engineer was Russell Stapleton.


produced by

Eurydice Aroney

Eurydice Aroney is an independent radio documentary producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where she hosted and produced a range of radio shows.

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis is an award-winning freelance documentary producer and journalist who has worked in radio, television and print.


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