Report of the Committee of the Wellington
Ladies' Christian Association
Wellington, N.Z. Lyon and Blair, Printers, Etc., Lambton Quay. 1885.
Ladies' Christian Association.
- Mrs. J. Tyeth Hart.
- Mrs. Boxall.
- Mrs. Drew.
- Mrs. Gal Way.
- Mrs. Hoby.
- Mrs. Hunter.
- Mrs. Mckerrow.
- Mrs. Pilcher.
- Mrs. H. Pilcher.
- Mrs. B. Smith.
- Mrs. James Smith.
- Mrs. Wahrs.
- Mrs. Tringham.
And the wives of the Ministers of Religion (ex officio).
- Miss Hislop (pro tem.).
- Mrs. W. T. Glasgow.
Report of the Committee of the Wellington Ladies' Christian Association
The Committee of the Wellington Ladies' Christian Association on entering their seventh year present to the members a short report of work accomplished. They do it with pleasure, feeling that in several branches the success has been so marked that they can look back on the past with gratitude, and are encouraged to pray that God would still guide and bless them in all they do for His glory.
Home for Friendless Women, Newtown.
(See Report appended.)
Refuge, Nairn Street.
(See Report appended.)
Newtown.—Mrs. Boxall and Mrs. Wright, who conduct this meeting speak of a success attending it far exceeding their expectations, not only in the numbers attending, but also in the great interest taken in the Bible—reading. At the last few meetings as many as from 12 to 20 have been present. During the year 34 meetings have been held.
Herbert Street.—This meeting was opened in January, 1881, and has been held regularly since that time. There are now 19 names on the books; average attendance 8. The interest taken in the meeting is very encouraging, and some who come to them seem to have received great benefit, being regularly found at a place of worship. It is believed that the good seed sown is already bringing forth good fruit.page 4
Molesworth Street.—Miss Bennett reports of this meeting a great improvement in the attendance, 20 names being on the books; average attendance 10. The Bible reading is greatly appreciated. The libraries connected with the meetings are very much valued. It is with great regret the Committee have received Miss Bennett's resignation, she being greatly beloved by the Mothers, and being eminently suited for Christian work. It is earnestly trusted her meetings will not be permitted to collapse for want of a good leader.
A United Mothers' Tea Meeting was held on the 17th March, in the Bethel, Herbert Street, which has been followed by a greater interest taken by the women in their meetings.
An effort will shortly be made to start a fourth meeting in Tory Street, where it is believed one could be carried on which would prove a great blessing.
The report of this branch of work is very encouraging. Soon after the Annual Meeting in 1884, a great check to the work was sustained by the disastrous fire in St. John's Church, by which all the stock in hand of materials, clothes, as well as the sewing-machine, was destroyed. This was more than made up to the Association by the liberality of many kind friends who came forward with donations in money, materials, and also from Singer's Sewing Machine Company, an excellent machine. To Mr. Parker, the Society owe a debt of gratitude, for his kindness in giving his valuable time and services, and also to the ladies and gentlemen who assisted him at the concert, by which a sum of £40 was realized, after all expenses were paid. The amount of work done in the year will be seen by the following summary:—Meetings held, 48; average attendance, 7; garments made, 644; quilts, 26; donations (new goods), 135; material, 76. Distributed: New garments, 544; quilts, 26; yards of material, 90. Donations, second-hand, 1,421; distributed, second-hand, 1,454. Material in stock, about 120 yards.
The Sub-Committee have met twice a month, and has relieved about 96 cases. They are greatly assisted in this work by the Bible-woman, who visits necessitous cases, and reports them to the ladies for relief.
In July last Mrs. Josey resigned her position as Bible-woman, and Mrs. Eade (who had come from Home, having been there employed as Bible-woman under the auspices of the Bible-Woman Mission of London), was engaged. She worked for the Association for about 7 months; during that time paying over 600 visits, and page 5 being greatly loved by the poor. After a short illness, she was removed by death to the great regret of the committee and of those who valued her services. That she was eminently suited for what she undertook was undoubted. Instances might be mentioned of good received through Mrs. Eades' simple way of setting forth the truth. One poor woman who lately died at Newtown, when first visited was quite ignorant and indifferent, died resting on Christ as her Saviour.
One man, a sceptic, through Mrs. Eades's visits became a Christian. Other cases might be recorded, but these will be sufficient to show that the work is not in vain. Mrs. Henry Wright, who is well known to many, has undertaken to carry on the work. It is pleasing to know that both she and Mrs. Eade have found a ready entrance into nearly every home they have visited. The plan adopted by Mrs. Wright is to take a street at a time, pay house to house visitations, read and pray where it is desirable, and to enquire into cases of distress.
The funds for carrying on this work are raised (specially) by weekly or monthly subscriptions collected by several young ladies, the treasurer being Miss Duthie. The Committee trust that before long the funds may be sufficient to support a second Bible-woman, the present district of Te Aro and Newtown being more than can possibly be visited by one person.
The Shoe Club, which began with four members, now numbers thirty. The amount paid in will be seen in the Treasurer's statement.
Visits to the Gaol have been regularly paid. Of late the visits appear to have been received with greater interest. It is trusted that at least a desire may be excited in the minds of the women for better things.
In closing their report, may not the Committee say that there is much to encourage in the result of the labour of the year that has gone, and, at the same time, much to humble and make them long for an increased fitness for doing the Lord's work. They rejoice to see so many young people are doing what they can to help, but they long to see more coming forward to consecrate themselves to the service to Him to whom they owe all.
Wellington Ladies' Christian Association.
Year Ended 31st March, 1885.
|Mrs. H. Barber||0||10|
|Mrs. J. Cleland||1||1|
|Miss A. Greenwood||0||5|
|Miss E. Greenwood||0||5|
|Mrs. W. McDowell||1||0|
|Mrs. J. McLean||0||5|
|Mrs. H. Pilcher||0||5|
|Mrs. C. P. Philips||0||5|
|Mrs. C. P. Powles||0||5|
|Mrs. B. Smith||0||5|
|Mrs. B. Smith||0||5|
|Mrs. J. Smith||0||5|
|Mrs. W. R. Waters||0||5|
|Mrs. W. R. Williams||2||10|
|Miss E. Wilkinson||0||5|
|Rev. Mr. Harvey||0||10||0|
|Mrs. Dr. Knight||1||0||0|
|Mrs. W. R. Waters||2||2||0|
Marion Glasgow, Hon. Treasurer.
23rd April, 1885.
Rules. of the Wellington Ladies' Christian Association.
1. The Association shall be designated "The Wellington Ladies' Christian Association.
|(1.)||The promotion of the spiritual interests of its members.|
|(2.)||To render assistance to young women who come to the city as strangers.|
|(3.)||To engage in any evangelical work competent for the Association to undertake.|
3. The Association shall consist of Ladies who are in communion with any Christian Church, and who contribute not less than five shillings annually to the funds of the Association.
4. The affairs of the Association shall be managed by a Committee composed of the wives of the various Ministers of Religion in the City, and also of twelve Members (with power to add to their number), a Treasurer, and a Secretary. Five members of the Committee to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
5. The Annual Meeting of the Association shall be held on the second Friday in the month of April, in the rooms of the Young Men's Christian Association, at 3.30 p.m., when a report of the year's proceedings shall be read, the Treasurer's balance-sheet presented, office bearers elected for the ensuing year, and any business transacted that shall be before the meeting. A General Half-yearly Meeting of Members shall also be held in the month of October, on the second Friday, at 3.30 p.m.
6. Ordinary Meetings of the Committee shall be held monthly, at the rooms of the Young Men's Christian Association, on the first Monday of each month at 3.30 p.m.
7. The Sub-Committee, to consider and relieve cases of urgent distress, shall meet every Monday, at 3 o'clock. Members engaged in the various branches of the Association's work, shall report upon it to the Committee at their Monthly Meetings.
8. Dorcas Meetings shall be held every Friday, at St. John's Schoolroom, at 2 p.m.
9. All meetings of the Association shall be opened and closed with prayer.
Fifth Annual Report of the Home for Destitute and Friendless Women.
The Managing Committee of the Women's Home desire in presenting their Fifth Annual Report to the subscribers, to express their sense of the special causes of thankfulness which the experience of the past year has given.
Although the number of those admitted has been greater than during any previous year, and there have been some cases of serious illness, yet the atmosphere of the Home has as a rule been cheerful and busy; the general tone among the inmates has been higher than heretofore; there has been very little insubordination or discord, and the conduct of the young women to whom the institution has afforded a period of probation after a first offence, has generally speaking, been very good, and in some cases really admirable.
Seven young women of the class last referred to have left the Home during the past year. Two of these have married respectably; two of them are in good situations where they are giving great satisfaction to their employers; one has returned to her parents; one, who was in delicate health at the time of her admission, has died; and one left before her time of probation had expired (see Rule 6), and returned to her friends.
The experience of the last two years has shown the Committee how much may be done in the way of giving a fresh start in life to those who, after having borne good characters, have gone astray for the first time. It has likewise confirmed their belief that it would be a grievous error to bring them into contact with habitual offenders.
As some misapprehension still exists as to the class of persons who are admitted to the Home, it may be as well to state that immediately after the opening of a Female Refuge last year, the Managing Committee passed the following resolution:—"No woman of known bad character is to be admitted to the Home even for a single night." The imperative necessity for such a rule had been proved by experience.
The average number of inmates during the past year has been about sixteen—twelve adults and four children—four of the former are permanent inmates, who are too old or too infirm to gain their own living.
Thirty-five women and four children have been admitted; but the number of admissions during the year has been forty-five, as several had been received twice,page 11
Seven women and one child have been admitted from the Hospital. There have been five births and two deaths; one of the deaths was that of a child who was admitted in a dying condition, the other that of the probationer already mentioned.
A reference to the balance-sheet will give some idea of the amount of the laundry-work which, except for the hired labour of one woman for one or sometimes two days in a week, is the work of the inmates, and is well done.
Ten shillings per week, or less in some cases, is charged to those who, being able to pay, simply come to board at the Home, and are either absent during the day or are not strong enough to take an active part in the household work, which is of course all done by the inmates.
|(a.)||A girl of eighteen left destitute at her mother's death. She was quite inexperienced in domestic work, and had failed to find employment in any of the shops. After remaining in the Home for some weeks, she obtained a situation as dressmaker's apprentice, but continued to lodge at the Home for two months, when she was sent for by friends in Australia, who paid her passage.|
|(b.)||A respectable elderly woman, forced by her husband's ill-treatment to separate from him. Has cataract forming in both eyes, and is in delicate health.|
|(c.)||A girl of sixteen, brought to the Home by her mother, with the request that she might be kept under strict discipline, and trained as a servant, as she was being wilful and disobedient at home. Remained for three months, behaved well, and took a situation as general servant.|
|(d.)||A respectable married woman in poor circumstances, convalescent from Hospital. Returned to her home after a week's rest.|
|(e.)||A young married woman of intemperate habits; brought to the Home by her husband at her own desire to be out of the way of temptation. Has behaved well hitherto.|
|(f.)||and (g.) Infirmary patients, admitted on two occasions for several weeks during alterations in the Hospital.|
The Committee gratefully acknowledge their obligations to Archdeacon Stock for his weekly services at the Home, and to Mr. Gaby, who holds a service there every alternate Sunday.
Their special thanks are also due to the Honorable John Johnston for two donations of £50 each, to the Honorable G. M. Waterhouse for his donation of £100, and to Drs. Hutchinson, Keyworth, Kemp, Chilton and McKellar, who have all kindly given gratuitous medical attendance.
Mr. Fitchett has again generously supplied the Home with milk for four months free of charge, and many other kind gifts of furniture, clothing, &c., have been received from different quarters.page 12
The Committee much regret the departure of the President, Mrs. Atkinson, whose kind individual interest in the inmates was of great benefit to them.
The Committee are preparing to extend their work by the erection of a Cottage Home for orphans and destitute children on a piece of ground well suited for the purpose near the Women's Home. The number of children is not to exceed twenty, and the institution will be organised on the family plan which has proved so successful in England and Germany. Mr. Waterhouse's donation was given on the understanding that is was to be set aside as part of the building fund of a Children's Cottage Home. There are not at present sufficient funds in hand for this purpose, but the Committee hope to have enough before long to justify them in making a beginning.
The added experience of each year as it goes by will, the Committee hope and believe, lead to such further improvements in the working and organization of the Home as may, with God's blessing, tend to increase its influence and usefulness.
Comittee of Management of the Home.
- President: Mrs. Habens
- Vice-President: Miss E. Greenwood
- Treasurer: Mrs. Drew
- Secretary: Miss E. Greenwood
- Committee: Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Harcourt, Mrs. Hunter, Mrs. J. Kebbell, Mrs. Pilcher, Mrs. Stock, Mrs. B. Smith, Mrs. Grant, Miss A. Greenwood, And Mrs. J. Tyeth Hart, President, W.L.C.A. (ex officio).
E. S. Greenwood, Hon. Secretary.
Home for Friendless Women.
|Mr. David Anderson, jun.||5||0||0|
|Mr. J. G. Anderson||1||0||0|
|Mrs. J. Barton||1||0||0|
|Mr. J. Burne||2||2||0|
|Mr. S. Brown||3||3||0|
|Mr. J. Barnicoat||1||1||0|
|Mrs. G. Bennett||0||10||0|
|Mrs. T. Ballinger||0||10||0|
|Mr. C. Baker||0||10||0|
|Mrs. Henry Curtis||2||2||0|
|Mrs. Fitzgerald, 1884||0||10||0|
|Mrs. Fitzgerald, 1885||1||1||0|
|Mr. A. Fitchett||5||13||8|
|Mrs. R. Gardner||0||10||0|
|Miss E. Greenwood||2||0||0|
|Messrs. Graves and Fleming||0||10||0|
|Mrs. Robert Hunter||0||10||0|
|Mrs. Robert Hart||1||1||0|
|Mrs. J. Tyeth Hart||0||10||0|
|Hon. John Johnston, M.L.C.||50||0||0|
|Hon. John Johnston, second donation||50||0||0|
|Mr. Jacob Joseph||5||5||0|
|Mrs. Randall Johnson||2||2||0|
|Mr. Thomas Kebbell, 1884||5||0||0|
|Mr. Thomas Kebbell, 1885||5||0||0|
|Mrs. J. Kebbell||2||2||0|
|Mr. W. H. Levin||2||2||0|
|Mrs. Mantell, 1884||2||2||0|
|Mrs. Mantell, 1885||2||2||0|
|Mrs. J. McLean||1||0||0|
|Mrs. J. Moore||1||1||0|
|Mr. J. Mackay||1||0||0|
|Rev. C. J. Ogg, 1884||0||10||0|
|Rev. C. J. Ogg, 1885||0||10||0|
|Mrs. B. Smith||1||1||0|
|Mrs. R. Stains||1||1||0|
|M. J. S., 1884||1||0||0|
|M. J. S., 1885||1||0||0|
|Mrs. N. Sutherland||0||10||0|
|Mrs. J. Tutchen||0||10||0|
|Mrs. G. Thomas||0||10||0|
|Mrs. T. C. Williams||3||3||0|
|Mr. H. Wharton||1||1||0|
|Hon. G. M. Waterhouse, M.L.C.||100||0||0|
|Cash in box at the Home||0||4||2|
Fanny Drew, Hon. Treasurer. Examined and found correct—
Rules of the Home for Destitute and Friendless Woman.
The Home shall be managed by a Committee of twelve ladies, including a President, Treasurer, and Secretary, five to form a quorum; and the Committee shall meet on the second Monday in each month at 3.30 p.m.
Every application for admission must contain a statement of the name of the candidate, her present abode and occupation, the names and circumstances of her nearest relatives, and the reason for making application; and must also state whether the applicant has ever applied before.
No person shall be received into the Home without an order from two Members of the Committee, and the consent of three members must be obtained before a patient is admitted from the Hospital.
An unmarried woman who has previously been a mother shall not be admitted to the Home for her confinement.
Any woman admitted to the Home for her confinement must pay a sum of not less than £2 towards her expenses; in special cases of destitution the Committee may relax the rule, or set it aside altogether.
Every unmarried woman admitted to the Home for her confinement shall be required to sign a paper promising to remain for a period of not less than six months after her confinement.
No inmate who has left the Home without leave shall be re-admitted, except by order of two Members of the Committee.
No person shall be admitted as an inmate until she has signed a declaration in the following form:—
The inmates shall be expected to do the domestic work of the Home, and any work taken in to be done, under the direction of the matron.
Every inmate must attend morning and evening prayers.
Cleanliness in person and habits, and orderly and punctual conduct will be strictly required. Quietness must at all times be observed in the dormitories. All light or unkind speech, and, above all, profane language, is strictly forbidden.
The Matron shall have the right to read all letters written by inmates or received by them, and may, if she think fit, insist on being present at any interview between an inmate and any person visiting such inmate.
The consent of the President and one other Member of the Committee must be obtained before any infant born in the Home is committed to the care of anyone outside of the Home.
Report of The Female Retuge, Nairn Street.
At the time of the last Annual Meeting, and for some weeks afterwards, there were about six inmates, and so much work was done as greatly to assist in the maintenance of the Institution. In September last, Mrs. Jowsey the then Matron resigned her position, and about the same time many of the inmates left, thus almost entirely putting an end to this source of income. An efficient person as Matron was found in Miss Smith; but during her management the inmates able to work have been few, and as a consequence the Institution has been wholly dependent on the subscriptions. These were of course insufficient to depend on as an income. Miss Smith having notified her intention to resign, and a second Refuge having been started in the town (in no way connected with the Ladies' Christian Association), the Committee resolved to close the Refuge in Nairn Street for a time, hoping to see their way clear at no far off day to resume their work with better prospects of success from the experience gained during the last few months. They feel the necessity of closing the Institution for a time a great disappointment, still they cannot believe their work has been wholly in vain, as during the time the Refuge has been opened (notwithstanding the great difficulty of reaching the class whose benefit they seek), they have reason to hope that four of the inmates are at the present time leading improved lives. The lease of the house in Nairn Street has been purchased during the year for £200, and a considerable sum has been expended to render it suitable for the purpose for which it was wanted. During the temporary suspension of active work, a trustworthy person has been put in charge at a small rental which will defray current charges.
The thanks of the Committee are due to Dr. Fell, who has most kindly given his professional services when required; also to Mr. Fitchett, who has supplied milk free of charge for seven months—and to others who have given their time and substance to advance the cause.
- President: Lady Jervois.
- Secretary: Mrs. Tyeth Hart.
- Treasurer: Mrs. Willcox.
- Mrs. Stock.
- Mrs. Mckerrow.
- Mrs. Young.
- Mrs. Wright.
- Mrs. Kemp.
- Mrs. Tringham.
Subscriptions and Donations to The Female Refuge, Aairn Street.
|The Hon. Mr. Acland||25||0||0|
|Mrs. T. C. Williams||3||0||0|
|Miss M. Richmond||2||0||0|
Receipts and Expenditure of Female Refuge
For the Year ending 31st March, 1885.
|Balance brought forward||180||19||6|
|Subscriptions and donations||62||17||8|
|Money for work done||78||4||0|
|Purchase of house||158||0||0|
|Additions and improvements||47||7||11|
|Balance in bank||38||9||2|
M. Wilcox, Hon. Treasurer. Examined and found correct—
W. S. Glasgow.
Rules of the Wellington Female Refuge.
|1.||Any woman desirous of becoming an inmate of the Refuge must apply to the Matron on the premises, who may receive her at once (unless intoxicated), till she have an opportunity to refer her to the Members of Committee on duty at the time.|
|2.||No person shall be admitted unless she undertakes to conform to the Rules of the Institution. While no inmate be compelled to remain any specified time, no clothing or character will be guaranteed to any one who has remained for a less period than twelve months.|
|3.||No inmate of the Institution shall be permitted to go out, by herself, on Sunday or any other day.|
|4.||Any inmate who leaves the Institution without the permission of the Matron, will not be allowed to take her place again amongst the inmates till the case be investigated by the visiting ladies.|
|5.||Inmates will be required to rise at 6 o'clock in the Summer, and half-past 6 in the Winter, and retire to bed at half-past 9 o'clock, at which hour all lights shall be extinguished and doors locked.|
|6.||All inmates are expected to work to the best of their ability, and to show cheerful obedience to the commands of the Matron.|
|7.||All the money derived from the work of the inmates, shall be expended in supporting the Institution; and, should there be a surplus, it will be applied for the benefit of special cases among the inmates. Any money derived from extra work done by an inmate in her spare hours, shall be appropriated to her personal use.|
|8.||All immoral or bad language must be carefully avoided, as well as all reference to the past.|
|9.||Inmates will be allowed to see their friends once a month, on Saturday afternoon, in the presence of the Matron. All letters to be read, directed, and sealed by the Matron.|
|10.||Inmates are required to attend prayers, morning and evening.|
|11.||Any woman who conducts herself properly whilst at the Institution shall, upon leaving for a situation, or for any other satisfactory reason, be provided with sufficient clothing.|
|12.||Any woman leaving the Institution, or who is found outside the premises without leave from the Matron, wearing or having in her possession clothes, the property of the Institution, may be arrested on a charge of larceny.|
|13.||On the reception of an inmate, her clothes are to be washed, put carefully away, and returned to her on quitting the Institution.|