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Case 4249

Case number: 4249
Application year: 1894




Year of birth: 1883
Home: Dinas Orphanage Home For Girls, Brecon


Both J's parents were dead and she had no known relations apart from her younger sisters and an adult half brother and sister. Her parents had never married: her father's grown up children by his legal wife, would not take care of J. after their father's death. The legitimate daughter had taken care of the younger children while her father was ill but it was believed that since his death they had been sent to a Barnardo's Home. When J's father was ill with bronchitis and had been sent to a Convalescent Home, the child was taken in by a couple with the same surname but who were not related to her. They continued to care for J. for 3 years but were unable to keep her, partly because of the foster mother's failing health. J. was received at the Dinas Orphanage, Brecon in May 1894. In December 1899 she was placed in service as an under-housemaid.

Keywords: Foster care; Health; Illegitimacy; Poverty; Siblings; Welfare organisations

Items: 1. Application to Waifs and Strays' Society 10 April 1894

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