AbstractsWomens Studies

Hyde Park Asylum for infirm and destitute women, 1862-1886 : an historical study of government welfare for women in need of residential care in New South Wales

by Joy Noreen Hughes

Institution: University of Western Sydney
Degree: MA
Year: 0
Keywords: Hyde Park Asylum for Infirm and Destitute Women (Sydney, N.S.W.); asylums; New South Wales; Sydney; women; institutional care; social welfare; New South Wales; buildings; history
Record ID: 1044780
Full text PDF: http://handle.uws.edu.au:8081/1959.7/25111


Hyde Park Asylum for Infirm and Destitute Women, Sydney was the New South Wales government’s first direct initiative in social welfare for the aged with the provision of residential care for women. It was the genesis of a system of destitute asylums (later state hospitals) that lasted for more than a century. For its duration (1862-1886), Hyde Park Asylum was the only one of its type in the colony. This empirical study looks at the day-to-day lives of its inmates at Hyde Park Asylum and follows them to their new home at Newington Asylum on the Parramatta River in 1886. The external and internal administration of the asylum under the Government Asylum’s Boards and later as a sub-department of the Colonial Secretary ‘s office is examined, including the roles of the manager and the matron. Master of Arts (Hons)