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New South Wales - Glossary Term

Benevolent Asylum

  • 157. Benevolent Asylum SH 566

    157. Benevolent Asylum SH 566, c. 1877, by Charles Percy Pickering, 1825-1908, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales.
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Benevolent asylums were private institutions set up in the nineteenth century to house 'destitute' men, women and children, expectant mothers (lying-in) as well as 'deserted wives', 'waifs', 'neglected children' and 'orphans'. In New South Wales benevolent asylums were funded by the government.

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The Benevolent Society of New South Wales set up its first asylum in 1821, on the corner of Pitt and Devonshire Streets in Sydney (at the current site of Central Station). It also used Liverpool Hospital, Ormond House in Paddington, and Hyde Park Barracks. In 1901 the Devonshire Street building was demolished to make way for Central Station and the Benevolent Society established the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington in 1905, which was government funded from 1913 but operated by the Society until 1987. The Society also set up Renwick Homes for Children, Scarba House and the Thomas Street Asylum.

Timeline

  Benevolent Asylum
       1901 - Royal Hospital for Women

Related Glossary Terms

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Publications

Books

  • Rathbone, Ron, A Very Present Help: Caring for Australians Since 1813, State Library of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1994, 237 pp. Details

Resources

  • Benevolent Society: 200 year celebration: Last 200, Benevolent Society, 2013. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Liverpool Asylum
Title
Liverpool Asylum
Type
Image
Date
1850s
Publisher
Benevolent Society

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157. Benevolent Asylum SH 566
Title
157. Benevolent Asylum SH 566
Type
Image
Date
c. 1877
Creator
Charles Percy Pickering, 1825-1908
Source
State Library of New South Wales

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Benevolent Asylum
Title
Benevolent Asylum
Type
Image
Date
c. 1901
Publisher
Benevolent Society

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Thomas Street Asylum
Title
Thomas Street Asylum
Type
Image
Date
1904?
Publisher
Benevolent Society

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Prepared by: Naomi Parry