I was trying to create a new contract from another one like this:

pragma solidity ^0.4.8;

contract Child {
    address public owner;

    function Child() public {
        owner = msg.sender;

contract Parent {
    address owner;

    event NewChildCreated(address childAddress, address creator);

    function Parent() public {
        owner = msg.sender;

    function createChild() public {
        Child child = new Child();
        NewChildCreated(address(child), child.owner());

So in remix I called createChild() from the Parent and there is a log with the address of that newly-created Child contract (e.g. 0x1234).

However, when I copied that address and created a Child instance based on that address (0x1234) in remix, I was not able to access the owner property of it. I was getting this error: call to Child.owner errored: Cannot read property 'length' of undefined.

Am I creating the child contract wrongly? Why I cannot refer to the newly-created Child contract?

  • Strange. I can reproduce the error when using the JavaScript VM but not when using ganache. – user19510 Mar 1 '18 at 21:58

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