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.
Benevolent Society and Asylumby Terri McCormack, 2008
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.