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Society for the Relief of the Educated Poor

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About the Society for the Relief of the Educated Poor

The 19th century was the era of societies, with benevolent associations for all manner of social groups. Those of genteel birth who found themselves in straitened circumstances received assistance from this particular society established in Melbourne in 1867.

Historic newspaper reports detail the cases judged worthy of receiving financial assistance, such as the wife of a person of intemperate habits with five very young children (granted £1), and those like the widower clerk whose request for employment was refused. The society took 'every care so as not to wound the self-respect of those to whom loans were made', highlighting the notion of 'deserving' and 'undeserving' poor in the Victorian era.

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Society for the Relief of the Educated Poor

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