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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84

Report of the Alexandra Home for Friendless Women, Newtown [31st March, 1886]

Wellington Ladies Christian Association.

Report of the Alexandea Home for Friendless Women, Newtown.

Lyon & Blair, Printers, etc. Wellington Lameton Quay.

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Rules of the Alexandra Home for Destitute and Friendless Women.

1.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.
2.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.
3.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.
4.An unmarried woman who has previously been a mother shall not be admitted to the Home for her confinement.
5.Any woman admitted to the Home for her confinement must pay a sum of not less than £3 towards her expenses; but in special cases of destitution the Committee may relax this rule, or set it aside altogether.
6.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.
7.No inmate who has left the Home without leave shall be re-admitted except by order of two Members of the Committee.
8.No person shall be admitted as an inmate until she has signed a declaration in the following form :—

"I, an applicant for admission to the Alexandra Home for Friendless Women, do hereby promise to conform to the rules which I have now heard read, to obey the orders of the Matron, and to do the work allotted to me."

9.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.
10.Every inmate must attend morning and evening prayers.
11.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.
12.The Matron shall have the right to road 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.
13.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.
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The Sixth Annual Report of the Alexandra Home for Friendless Women, Newtown.

The Managing Committee of the Alexandra Home for Women, in sanding out their Sixth Annual Report to the subscribers, desire to express their thankfulness for the continued well-doing of the Institution.

The conduct of the inmates, especially of the permanent ones, is, generally speaking, very good, and the measure of success which has attended the efforts made to help those who, after one fall, were anxious to redeem the past, has been very cheering.

On the other hand, there have been several failures in the attempts made to reclaim some whose friends have placed them in the Home to be out of reach of temptation to intemperance. As there can be no such thing as forcible detention in the Home, those who are not really in earnest in wishing to reform, or who fancy that they are quite safe for the future, are apt to leave at the end of a few weeks, in spite of all entreaties, and too often return to their old habits in the course of the first few days.

The addition of the word "Alexandra" to the title of the Home was made necessary by the fact that the Female Reformatory, opened last year in Majoribanks Street, was constantly mentioned in the papers as the "Home for Friendless Women," and was therefore mistaken by many for the older institution at Newtown. As it is one of the rules of the Alexandra Homo that no woman of known bad character is to be admitted, grave mistakes were becoming frequent in consequence of this misconception, which have been now put a stop to.

The Ladies' Wellington Christian Association has just been incorporated as a "separate institution" under the new Charitable Institutions Act. This has necessitated the election of six trustees, who will be responsible to the authorities for the expenditure of the funds, and for the general management of the work of the Association. It is to be hoped, however, that the present system of management of the Home, which has worked so well hitherto, will not be materially affected by this change.

The number of respectable women in poor circumstances who, from various causes, such as ill health, have been glad to come to the Home for a time, has been greater than during any previous year.

It is almost needless to say that no charge is made except to those who are able to pay, but the Committee find they have to be very careful not to encourage anything like voluntary pauperism.

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The great industry of the Home, the laundry work, the receipts for which this year have amounted to £288 10s. 2d., as against £231 1s. 0½d. for last year, has been admirably managed by two of the younger inmates, who now receive small salaries, and have the entire direction of the work subject to the supervision of the Matron. As the able-bodied inmates are always very much in the minority, hived labour has to be employed in the laundry every week, and this, with the expenses of cartage of linen, must be deducted from the gross proceeds before an accurate idea of the actual profits can be arrived at.

A reference to the balance-sheet will show that the sum of £120 has been expended in new buildings. These comprise a large drying-room, with furnace and large pipe for heating; a store-room; luggage-room for large boxes, &c.; and a few other necessary additions and alterations. The drying-room has been found a most valuable addition to the laundry, and one which is indispensible in the winter months.

The number of admissions during the past year has been forty—thirty-six adults and four children. Average number of inmates, exclusive of the Matron, twenty-one—fifteen adults and six children. Number of births, ten. Deaths, one (that of an infant two mouths old). Seven of the inmates, as well as the Matron, have been in the Home during the whole year.

The following cases are selected as illustrations of the different claases of persons admitted during the year:—
(a.)Respectable woman, thirty-five years of age, not long from England. Is in very delicate health, and has no relatives or home in New Zealand. Does a little light work when well enough.
(b.)Young unmarried woman, aged eighteen, daughter of respectable parents in England. Mother of infant born in the Home. (See Rule 6 for cases of this sort.)
(c.)A somewhat similar case to the last one. Left at the end of her six months' probation (during which time she behaved very well), put her child out to nurse, and is doing well in a good situation in a private family.
(d.)Respectable elderly woman, suffering from cataract. Had successful operation performed free of charge by one of the doctors visiting the Home, and returned to her family when able to travel.
(e.)Respectable married woman in poor circumstances, admitted for her confinement. Remained after the birth of her child until strong enough to go to work again.

The Committee gladly take the present opportunity of acknowledging their great obligations to Archdeacon Stock for his weekly services at the Home; to Mr. Gaby, who holds a service there on one Sunday in each month; to a lady who reads with the inmates on all other Sundays; to Drs. Collins, Fell, Hassell, Hutchinson, Kemp, and Mahon, who have all kindly given gratuitous medical attendance; to Mr. Hoby for his gratuitous professional services; and to Mr. Fitchett, who has, as usual, generously supplied the Home with milk page 5 for five months free of charge. They have further to acknowledge many kind gifts of books, fruit, clothing, etc., from several who for years past have taken a warm interest in the welfare of the inmates. Some of the regular annual subscribers, who have visited the Home during the past year for the first time, have expressed themselves as being much pleased with the appearance and management of the institution.

The Committee have been obliged, though very unwillingly, to expend part of the sum which they had put aside towards the erection of a Children's Cottage Home. They are very anxious to replace this, and to add to their "Cottage Home Fund" during the coming year, and will be very grateful for any subscriptions, either for this purpose or for the enlarging of the Alexandra Home, where a few more rooms are much needed.

Committee for 1886-7.

Mrs. Habens, President. Mrs. Harcourt.
Mrs. Drew, Treasurer. Mrs. Jervois.
Miss E. S. Greenwood, Secretary. Mrs. Kebbell.
Mrs. Bennett. Mrs. Pilcher.
Mrs. Grattan. Mrs. B. Smith.
Miss. A. Greenwood. Mrs. Stock.
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The Alerandra Home for Friendless Women.

Subscriptions and Donations for the Year Ending 31st March, 1886.
£, s. d.
Mrs. H. A. Atkinson 2 2 0
Mrs. Acland 2 0 0
Mr. D. Anderson, Jun. 5 0 0
Mrs. Brandon 5 0 0
Mrs. Ballance 1 1 0
Mrs. Barraud 1 0 0
Mr. G. Bennett 0 10 0
Mrs G. Bennett 0 10 0
Messrs. Baker Bros 0 10 0
Mrs. W. R. Browne 0 5 0
Mr. Thos. Ballinger 0 10 0
Mrs. Thos. Ballinger 0 10 0
Mr. S. Brown 3 3 0
Mr. J. Burne 2 2 0
Mr. J. T. Barnicoat 1 1 0
Mrs. H. Curtis 2 2 0
Mr. J. Charlton 1 1 0
Mrs. Emmett 0 5 0
Mrs. Fulton 0 10 0
Mrs. FitzGerald 10 0
Mrs. Ferguson 2 0 0
A Friend 0 2 0
Mr. A. Fitchett, donation 6 5 10
Miss E. S. Greenwood 2 0 0
Miss A. Greenwood 1 0 0
Mrs. Grant 1 0 0
Messrs. Graves and Fleming 1 0 0
Mrs. W. L. Hirst, 1885 5 0 0
Rev. B. W. Harvey 1 1 0
Mrs. Halliday 0 10 0
Mrs. Matthew Holmes 2 2 0
Mrs. Habens 1 0 0
Mrs. Robt. Hart 1 1 0
Mrs. Harcourt 2 2 0
Mrs. Hector 2 2 0
Mr. W. Hume 2 0 0
Mrs. Izard 5 0 0
Mr. Jacob Joseph 5 5 0
Mrs. Randall Johnson 2 2 0
Mrs. Knight 1 1 0
Mrs. J. Kebbell 2 2 0
Mr. Thos. Kebbell 3 0 0
Dr. Kemp 4 0 0
Mrs. Kemp 1 0 0
Mr. W. H. Levin 2 2 0
Mrs. Geo. Moore, 1885 2 2 0
Mrs. Geo. Moore, 1886 2 2 0
Mrs Morrah 1 0 0
Mrs. J. McLean 1 0 0
Mrs. J. Moore 1 1 0
Mrs. Mantell 2 2 0
Mrs. McKerrow 0 5 0
J.M. 0 2 6
Mr. Nancarrow, 1885 1 0 0
Mr. Nancarrow, 1886 1 1 0
Rev. C. S. Ogg 0 10 0
Colonel Pearce 3 3 0
Mrs. Pilcher 0 5 0
Mrs. E. J. Reid 1 1 0
Mrs. Rhodes 5 0 0
Mrs. Richmond 2 2 0
R.A.R. 0 10 0
Mrs. sun 1 1 0
Mrs. Stock, 1885 1 1 0
Mrs. Stock, 1885 1 1 0
Mrs. Swainson 1 0 0
Mrs. Stowe 1 0 0
Mrs. R. Stains 1 1 0
Mrs. B. Smith, 1885 1 0 0
Mrs. B. Smith, 1886 1 1 0
M.J.S. 1 0 0
Mrs. Stafford 1 1 0
Mrs. Jas. Smith 0 10 0
Mrs. C.H. Snow 1 0 0
Mrs. Veitch 0 10 0
Mrs. W. R. Williams 1 1 0
Mrs. T. C. Williams 3 3 0
Miss Wallace 1 0 0
Miss Woodman 0 5 0
Mrs. E. Whitehead 0 10 0
Cash in box at the "Home" 0 6 0
Total £128 17 10
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DR. Balance-Sheet for the year ending 31st March, 1886. CR. RECEIPTS. £ S. d. £ s. d. To Balance, 31st March, 1885 .. .. 171 16 6 Subscriptions and Donations .. .. 128 17 10 For work done in the Home .. .. 288 10 2 From inmates, towards maintenance.. 92 7 2 Discounts .. .. .. .. 8 5 0 Interest on deposits 9 0 0 527 0 2 Government grant on March quarter.. 74 10 8 Sept 24 1 0 98 11 8 Advanced from Children's Cottage Home Building Fund Account .. 100 0 0 £897 8 4 To Balance brought down .. .. ..; . 109 10 2J Subscriptions received too late to be included in Report (Miss Hamilton, £1 1s.: Mrs. Richards, £1; Mrs. West, 5s.) 2 6 0 £111 16 2½ Children's Cottage Home £ s. d. To Amount transferred from General Account, 1884-5 500 0 0 £500 0 0 To Balance remaining on fixed deposit .. .. £400 0 0 EXPENDITURE. By Maintenance, Clothing, etc., etc 345 12 11½ Salaries 99 0 0 Nurses' fees 900 Drugs .. 7 0 6 Fuel and gas 60 5 0 Cartage of washing .. .. .. .. .. 62 4 3 Care of sickly orphan infant, born in the Home .. 27 12 0 Insurance .. .. .. .. .. .. 6 17 6 Furniture 28 7 8 Repairs, cutting gorse, etc 15 17 0 New buildings 120 1 2 Printing, advertising, stationery, and stamps .. 6 0 1 Balance 109 10 2J £897 8 4 Building Fund Account. £ s. d. By Advanced to General Account 100 0 0 Balance 400 0 0 £500 0 0 Examined and found correect—FINNY DREW, B SMITH. Hon. Treasurer.

The Alexandra home for friendless women.