Volume 1: Sydney Female Refuge Society meeting minutes, 15 February 1864 - 30 December 1864

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In 1848 the Sydney Female Refuge Society was established to provide a home for women escaping from prostitution and for young unmarried girls who fell pregnant. This collection includes the digitised pages of three 'minute books' from the Society records. The refuge was established on 21 August 1848 by those concerned at the level of pregnancies outside marriage and resulting from prostitution. The Committee which set up the refuge made it clear that Sydney was no worse than other cities around the world but that it did have unique problems.

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Tabular Report also read. 25 Inmates in the Houses

The Secretary mentioned that the meeting had been called to consider the case of Lizzie Graham who had behaved in a much improper manner to Mrs Baker.

Resolved that Lizzie Graham be desired to make an apology for her conduct in the presence of the Ladies and on consenting do so was permitted to remain.

Resolved that Fanny be forbidden to take any messages to any of the Committee unless the Matron writes a note.

After some consideration on the subject it was resolved that the Gentlemen be requested to pay Mrs Baker's salary as soon as possible & if they have no funds for the purpose the Ladies Committee intends to withhold the necessary from the money earned in the Institution.

The Ladies having been informed that a heavy debt was still pressing and preventing many many improvements it was resolved that a deputation wait on the Colonial Secretary on as early a day as convenient and request his assistance.

The deputation named were Mrs L D Thomson Mrs Allen the Secretary.

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