Open Access Repository

Our children the orphans


Downloads per month over past year

Dean, S 2000 , 'Our children the orphans', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

PDF (Whole thesis)
Whole-dean-thes...pdf | Download (1MB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.


The history of the Orphan Schools in Hobart in the 1800s could be written in one of two
ways. Either it was an integral part of the 'Benevolent Empire' providing for children in
need, or it was an example of a total institution; the institutionalisation of the body, mind
and spirits of non-productive members of society contained and trained to be useful
members of the emergent colonial community. Or it may have been a complex blend of
the two. Benevolent concern demanded the establishment of an orphan school.
Assessments of it have been mixed. In 1852 John West wrote:
But the establishment of the King's Orphan School (1828) was successful. It was chiefly designed
for the numerous children whose parents had deserted, or who were dead. It was placed under the
guidance of a committee, and afforded protection to many children who must have sunk under the
influence of a vicious example. In this island, the fatherless have found mercy. In the absence of
natural ties, the settlers have often displayed a parental tenderness in education the children of the
I outcast and the stranger.
His comments exemplify the ideology of the time: firstly, that orphan schools were to
give protection to orphaned and destitute children; secondly that they provided a way of
saving the children from the bad example set by their parents; and thirdly that the
settlers, led by the Governor, were willing and able to provide a surrogate 'parental
tenderness' in protecting and educating orphaned children.

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Dean, S
Additional Information:

Copyright the Author-The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s)

Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page