Sydney City Mission was founded in 1862 by Benjamin Short who had arrived in New South Wales from England in 1860. Short's aim was to improve the lives of Sydney's poor, and was inspired by the London City Mission. Since that time, the Sydney City Mission has moved from its original aim of evangelism into the provision of welfare services. The Mission has worked with the homeless, the elderly, the young, the unemployed, as well as alcoholics, addicts, prostitutes and the poor.
According to research done by the staff of the Northern Territory Department of Health, children from the Northern Territory were sent to Sydney City Mission homes, but as at 2014, the exact homes were unclear.
Records of the homes run by Sydney City Mission from 1862 until 1983 are held by the Mitchell Library, under the control of Mission Australia. Later records are likely to be held by Mission Australia.
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06 April 2023
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