In 185O charity in N.S.W. was a matter of caring for
the destitute aged, the sick poor, fallen and friendless
females, deserted wives and neglected or orphaned
children. Most assistance was administered by public
societies supported both by donations from the
well-to-do in the community and by government subsidies.
Charity’s role was a conserving one, with minimal goals
and limited vision. The motives were mixed but largely
Christian. The techniques were condescending and based
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