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Sydney Female Refuge Society minute books digitised

Covers of Sydney Female Refuge Annual Reports

Annual Reports of the Sydney Female Refuge Society, State Library of New South Wales, 364.06/1

The Library has just completed digitising three minute books of the Sydney Female Refuge Society: Ladies Committee book, 7 June 1863–65 December 1911;  daily journal book, 30 September 1864–22 October 1870; and the daily journal book, 1 May 1891–26 January 1899

For 77 years the Society provided a home for women escaping from prostitution and unmarried young girls who fell pregnant. These papers provide a remarkable insight into the activities of a women's refuge in the nineteenth century.

The minute books have been digitised from a microfilm copy as part of the Library’s ongoing digitisation program, providing improved access to our heritage collections.

To find out more about this collection and the history of the Sydney Female Refuge Society, visit our online story.