Male Orphan School and the Female Orphan School
The Male Orphan School Orphanage was established by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, where destitute boys were housed and educated until they turned 15. Governor Macquarie laid the foundation stone for the Female Orphan School in 1813.
The Male Orphan School Orphanage
Established by Governor Macquarie, where destitute boys were housed and educated until they turned 15.
The Male Orphan School was established in Sydney by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The Governor devised a written constitution, rules and regulations for the management of the School and a Committee was established to manage the Male Orphan School and the two other institutions for children which had already been established – the Female Orphan School and the Native Institution. On 24 March 1819, Macquarie wrote to Earl Bathurst; ‘There being a great Number of Male Orphans now in the Colony left entirely destitute of Support and Consequently living in a Miserable State of Poverty and Nakedness, I have Considered it indispensably Necessary to form and establish a Male Orphan Institution for the Relief, Support and Education of these unhappy distressed Children, and which I did accordingly on the 1st of January last at Sydney.’
The Female Orphan School Orphanage
In 1813 Governor Lachlan Macquarie laid the foundation stone of the Female Orphan School, which was to be modelled after Mrs Macquarie’s family home in Scotland. By the standards of the Colony in 1813, it was an audacious scheme of a building and represented a major undertaking for the Colonial government. The quarrying of stone, making of bricks, manufacturing of lime, cutting of timber and application of labour was a slow process, but the Female Orphan School was finally ready for occupation in 1818.
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