Benevolent Asylum

Hospital

Asylum constructed by the Benevolent Society in 1821 to provide shelter and care to the poor, aged and infirm. Adjacent to the Old Sydney Burial Ground (Devonshire Street Cemetery), it was demolished to make way for the current Central Railway Station in 1901.

Names
Alternate
Benevolent Society Asylum
Milestones
Constructed
1821
Died
1825
Demolished
1901
Property
Occupied by
1821
-
1901

Benevolent Society and Asylum

by Terri McCormack, 2008 Creative Commons License

The Benevolent Society, and the asylum (and later hospitals, clinics and aged care centres) it ran, provided care and sustenance to Sydney's poorest from the 1820s. Although it was founded under the auspices of the Colonial Auxiliary Bible Society, it gradually became a secular, independent non-profit organisation.
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Toll gate and Benevolent Asylum 1836
Toll gate and the new poor house on the Parramatta Road c1821-3
Benevolent Asylum 1872
Benevolent Asylum c1840-50
Central Square before building of railway with Benevolent Hospital in background
Plan of grounds to be appropriated for Sydney Railway, 1849
Detail of plan of Riley Estate 1844