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Organisation Benevolent Asylum (1821 - 1901)
- Benevolent Asylum, Care Provider, Children's Home, Convalescent Home, Disability Institution, Hospital, Intellectual Disability Institution, Lying-in Home, Maternity Home, Non-denominational and Orphanage
- Alternative Names
- Benevolent Asylum
- Devonshire Street Asylum
The Benevolent Asylum, run by the Benevolent Society of New South Wales, was opened in 1821 by Governor Macquarie. The Asylum was located on the corner of Pitt and Devonshire Streets, Sydney on a site now occupied by Central Railway Station.
The Benevolent Asylum records from 1857-1900 have been indexed and the index is available online. Please see the list of published resources to access this website.
When the NSW Government began constructing Central Station it resumed the Devonshire Street site, where the Benevolent Asylum stood. The Government paid compensation to the Benevolent Society, and with this money the Society purchased several properties. It built a new asylum on the corner of Thomas Street and Quay Street, Sydney, known as Thomas Street Asylum.
- 1821 - 1901
- Benevolent Society Asylum situated at Sydney. Location: Sydney
1821 - 1901 Benevolent Asylum
1904 - 1911 Thomas Street Asylum
1911 - 1920 Renwick Hospital for Infants, Thomas Street
Archival Records held by
- Rathbone, Ron, A Very Present Help: Caring for Australians Since 1813, State Library of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1994, 237 pp. Details
- Bluett, Ros, Charity and Justice: The early days of the Benevolent Society in Sydney, ABC Radio National Hindsight, 24 March 2013. Also available at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/the-benevolent/4552918. Details
- Sydney Benevolent Asylum: Index to Admissions and Discharges 1857-1900, 2007, http://www.sydneybenevolentasylum.com/. Details
- Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/DOCSWR/_assets/main/documents/connectkin_guide.pdf. Details
- Benevolent Society Asylum, 450 Pitt St, Surry Hills
- c. 1901
- NSCA CRS 51, Demolition books, 1900-1949
- National Library of Australia
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 18 March 2011, Last modified: 4 March 2013