Benevolent Asylum

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The Destitute Asylums (usually known as Benevolent Asylums or Infirmaries for the destitute) were institutions established throughout the colonies of Australia in the 19th century to house deserted and destitute men, women and children not able to support themselves. Low employment prospects, poor conditions in the sleeping quarters and the adjoining workhouse and few hopes of finding a husband or some means of support made for a terrible and prolonged experience behind the walls of the asylum.

Benevolent Asylums and Infirmaries in Australia[edit]

The buildings of the Adelaide Destitute Asylum are now home to the SA Migration Museum, which opened on August 26, 2003.[6]


  1. ^ History of Sydney Benevolent Asylum
  2. ^ Melbourne Benevolent Asylum History Archived 2013-04-24 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 1/9/08
  3. ^ Index to the Admission books Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine - Geelong Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum. Accessed 1/9/08
  4. ^ Picture of Bendigo Asylum at the NGV website, accessed 1/9/08
  5. ^ Dunwich Benevolent Asylum Agency Details. Accessed 1/9/08
  6. ^ History Trust of South Australia Migration Museum Accessed 1/9/2008

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