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Otago Benevolent Institution, 1890s

Otago Benevolent Institution, 1890s

The Otago Benevolent Institution opened in 1866. For the first three decades both children and elderly people were accommodated there, but after 1896 it was predominately a home for the elderly. Children comprised the majority of residents until the 1870s, and they were schooled on-site until 1893.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Children’s homes and fostering - Church institutions and charitable aid', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 21 Dec 2018