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Magdalen Home, Mount St. Canice : the early years


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Baxter, Valerie J 1993 , 'Magdalen Home, Mount St. Canice : the early years', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Prostitution was rife in nineteenth century Tasmania, and a variety of
philanthropic efforts attempted to assist underprivileged girls who were involved
or likely to become involved in the trade. Magdalen Home became the largest
and most enduring of these endeavours. This thesis studies the early years of
the Magdalen Home.
Chapter 1 describes the life of Father William John Dunne, whose
bequest provided the capital for the founding of the Home. Chapter 2 examines
the will of Father Dunne, attempting to illustrate how, with careful execution, it
provided funds for the institutiion to commence in 1893, with a substantial land
holding and edifice. Chapter 3 looks at the role played by the Good Shepherd
Order and the Catholic press in establishing the institution. Chapter 4 deals
with the establishment of the commercial laundry and farm, which were to
become mainstays of the Home. It also describes the building extensions up to
Chapter 5, analyses the lives of inmates who were Wards of State, and
describes the collusive relationship that developed between the Magdalen
Home and the Neglected Children's Department in the early twentieth century.
Finally, Chapter 6 describes the contribution of the religious and their
auxilliaries to the prosperity of the institution, and concludes with the building of
the Memorial Church in 1910.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Baxter, Valerie J
Keywords: Magdalen Home (Hobart, Tas), Church work with children
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Thesis (M. Hum.)--University of Tasmania, 1994. Includes bibliography

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