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Case 588

Case number: 588
Application year: 1885




Year of birth: 1877
Home: Foster Care


T's father was reasonably secure financially before his health began to fail. When he fell ill he became very poor. After his death the eldest son took his sisters and T. to live with him, but he was finding it difficult as his work had been "bad" for a long time. He was keen to look after his younger brother if at all possible. The person making the application for T. felt that it would be a good idea for him to be removed from his family as soon as possible as they became "strong willed" and "difficult to manage" once they had passed childhood. T. was "well grown and intelligent" and in a good Home would respond well to the training available. In February 1886 T. entered St Michael's Orphanage, Banbury. This was not a Home run by the Waifs and Strays' Society. Financial support was offered for T. but the donor did not wish the boy's elder brother to know about the arrangements. In March 1890 T. was restored to his brother who had found him a situation in a "walking stick manufactory" in Hoxton, East London.

Keywords: Health; Maintenance; Poverty; Siblings

Items: 1. Application to the Waifs and Strays' Society 29 June 1885
2. Medical certificate 23 June 1885
3. Letter from F. Brodrick 15 February [1886]
4. Letter from Annie Percival 10 July 1889

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