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Sydney Female Mission Home (1873 - 1905?)

  • Darlington House, Darlington, Newtown Road

    Darlington House, Darlington, Newtown Road, 1878, courtesy of Mrs Emily Davies, State Library of Victoria.
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From
1873
To
1905?
Categories
Care Provider, Maternity Home and Non-denominational

The Sydney Female Mission Home was established on 17 November 1873. It was an institution for single pregnant women. It also admitted some single mothers together with their infants. It was a Protestant organisation run by a committee of women, with a non-sectarian admission policy. It was located in premises on Elizabeth Street, Sydney, overlooking Hyde Park from 1873 until January 1885, when it relocated to 'Darlington House' on the Newtown Road (later called City Road). In 1895, it moved again to Forest Lodge. By 1897, it was in new premises in Glebe, 'The Willows' on Bridge Road. The closing date of this institution is unclear, it was still operating in 1905.

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The Sydney Female Mission Home was unusual for its policy of admitting single women together with their infants. (This was also the practice for some of the women admitted to the Sydney Foundling Hospital in Paddington.) Its report from 1887 stated that 'A fundamental principle is to avoid, if possible, separating mother and child'.

The Sydney Female Mission Home operated without any form of government assistance from its establishment in 1873 until the 1890s.

Its annual report for 1895 mentioned a legacy from the late Thomas Walker who had also donated to the premises of the Infants Home in Ashfield.

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1873
Address - The Sydney Female Mission Home was sitated at 265 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.. Location: Sydney
1885
Location - The Sydney Female Mission Home was situated in Darlington.. Location: Darlington
1895
Address - The Sydney Female Mission Home was situated at 59 Mount Vernon Street, Forest Lodge.. Location: Forest Lodge
1897
Address - The Sydney Female Mission Home was situated at 162 Bridge Road, Glebe.. Location: Glebe

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Darlington House, Darlington, Newtown Road
Title
Darlington House, Darlington, Newtown Road
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Date
1878
Source
Mrs Emily Davies, State Library of Victoria

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Sources used to compile this entry: 'SYDNEY FEMALE MISSION HOME', Sydney Morning Herald, 4 July 1874, p. 7, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13339226; 'NEWS OF THE DAY', Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April 1887, p. 13, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13662903; 'THE SYDNEY FEMALE MISSION HOME', Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 1895, p. 10, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13976399; 'FEMALE MISSION HOME', Sydney Morning Herald, 18 September 1897, p. 10, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14094380; Cooper, Paul F, 'The Sydney Female Mission Home', in Philanthropists and philanthropy in Australian colonial history, Paul F. Cooper, 24 May 2016, https://phinaucohi.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/the-sydney-female-mission-home/.

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill