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TitlePerth Night Shelter for Women and Children
HistoryThe Perth Night Shelter for Females was set up in or around 1892 as a charitable trust. The original aim of the shelter was to offer free accommodation for one night, and in exceptional cases two nights, to needy females passing through Perth in their search for employment. By 1907 this remit had been widened to include accompanying children. The shelter’s first premises were in a former public house at 13 Watergate, Perth but in 1902 purpose built premises were erected on the site. By 1918 the aims of the night shelter had changed as the number of women seeking refuge was declining: the constitution was altered and paying female lodgers were accepted for the night. The shelter closed in 1951 and was formally wound up in 1952 the reason being 'the failure of the original objects of the Trust'. The proceeds from the winding up of the trust were donated to the Bowerswell Memorial Home Committee.
DescriptionTrustees’ minutes, 1925-1952; Accounts, 1891-1952; Register of casuals, 1932-1948; Newspaper cuttings relating to the shelter, constitutions, and annual reports, c 1891-c 1952.
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