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Royal Commission into Charitable Institutions (1870)


On 1 August 1870, a Royal Commission was appointed to enquire into the conditions and management of the charitable institutions of the Colony, and generally into all matters connected therewith. The Report of Royal Commission into Charitable Institutions with Minutes of Evidence and Appendices was tabled in Parliament in 1871. The findings were generally very positive for the children's institutions but advocate for the appointment of an inspector of charities to oversee the institutions and boarding out to be increased for reasons of economy.


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Sources used to compile this entry: Swain, Shurlee, History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Sydney, October 2014,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill