The Benevolent Society of New South Wales

The first objective of The Benevolent Society of New South Wales was : To relieve the Poor, the Distressed, the Aged, the Infirm and thereby discountenance, as much as possible, Mendacity and Vagrancy, and to encourage industrious habits amongst indigent poor, as well as afford them religious instruction and consolation in their distresses. The Benevolent Society was founded by Christians.

The Benevolent Society of New South Wales was originally known as the New South Wales Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Benevolence in these Territories and Neighbouring Islands.

The original Society was founded by a group of evangelical Christians including Edward Smith Hall (1786–1860) in 1813. In 1818 the Society promoting Christian knowledge and Benevolence lapsed and the Benevolent Society was formed with Governor Macquarie as Patron. The income for the Society was organised in a similar way to many English charities. Funds for the relief work were raised from donations with some additional funds provided by the Government.

The Society’s first objective was :

To relieve the Poor, the Distressed, the Aged, the Infirm and thereby discountenance, as much as possible, Mendacity and Vagrancy, and to encourage industrious habits amongst indigent poor, as well as afford them religious instruction and consolation in their distresses.

The above was sourced from : http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/religion/charity/benevolent.html

Also

A tribute to influential Australian Christians – Edward Smith Hall : https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/edward-hall/

and

William Wilberforce and his impact on Australia Celebrating 200 years since the Abolition of Slavery
Public Lecture (mentioning The Benevolent Society) by Associate Professor Stuart Piggin given on 26 March 2007 at Parliament House, Canberra :    https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/william-wilberforce-the-clapham-cabinet-and-%E2%80%98liberating-the-captives%E2%80%99-in-australia/

For more information about The Benevolent Society, please visit their website at : http://www.bensoc.org.au

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