Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood
Girls' Friendly Society
Girls' Friendly Society.
Among the many institutions established in Christchurch by warm-hearted philanthropists probably not one ranks higher than this society, started and carried on unostentatiously, and quietly working for the good and healthy amusement of the young girls In the city. Commenced here about two years ago by a few ladies, it is a part of a system having branches spreading through Great Britain, Ireland, America, Canada, Nova Scotia, Cape Town, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, and through many parts of New Zealand.
It is located in an unpretending, but commodious, building in Hereford-street West, opposite the Public Library. Its objects are, as stated in the last annual report—1. “To bind together, in one society, ladies as associates, and working girls and young women as members, for mutual help (religious and secular) for sympathy and prayer. 2. To encourage purity of life, dutifulness to parents, faithfulness to employers, and thrift. 3. To provide the privileges of the society for its members, wherever they may be, by giving them an introduction from one branch to another.” Its affairs are under the control of a lady page 85president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and a council of four ladies, elected annually at a general meeting of associates. More than one hundred associates have joined the Society, and the members' names on the register amount to three hundred. The rooms, which are comfortably furnished, and contain a piano, library, and the requisites for various games, are open through the day, and from seven to nine o'clock in the evening. Classes for instruction in music, singing, and other branches of education are regularly held, the evening meetings particularly being well attended. As a means for providing safe companionship amusement, and instruction for young girls engaged through the day, in many cases at arduous work, the society is most worthy of support, and we may well step outside our province to recommend it both to our young girl readers and to the ladies of the community, who, by their presence and subscriptions, will be following one of the Christian lines of duty, which says—“Bear ye one another's burdens.”