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PARNELL ORPHAN HOME.

SHIFTING HOUSE TO PAPATOETOE. An interesting ceremony in the history of what has hitherto been known as the Parnell Orphan Home took place this morning. Shortly before 11 o'clock several brakes drew up at the 8t Ste-phens-avenue Home, and 64 healthy and happy looking children were agog with i that j>leasurable excitement of a change in the everyday rota of life that seizes us all when it comes—whether it be '. good, bad, or indifferent, it was moving day, and the old wooden buildings and grounds that had for nearly half a century housed and homed the friendless orphans of Auckland were about to be farewelled by the present occupants in favour of the fine new brisk Home erected on the Papatoetoe property acquired by the trustees. For upwards of 45 years the Parnell Home has sheltered and nuitured the unfortunate orphaned waifa of the city, and many a grown and stalwart man and many a comely woman remembers it with warm gratitude, and regards it with that affection which happier placed children in after ' life bestow upon the roof tree of their am folk. During its existence some 650 children have called it home, and such ' is the excellence and humane wisdom of its administration and management that in all this period there have been but four deaths, while of these the ravages of advanced consumption had practically sealed the fate of two before they entered the Home. The general ' kindliness of treatment that is meted to the little folk is manifested by the lothness with which they leave its charitable roof and the almost unexceptional manner in which they revisit it for years after their entrance into the outer ' ■world. The origin of the home dates back to , the year 1860. Towards the end of that year the Rev. John Frederic Lloyd, vicar of St. Paul's Church, was attending , a poor widow who lay dying and distracted in her last moments concerning the fate • of her three fatherless and destitute children. To ease the dying mother's mind the clergyman and the doctor attending her (Mr. T. B. Kenderdine) promised to look after her children, and when she shortly died they rented a cottage and engaged a woman to take charge of the orphans. From that small beginning has evolved the handsome col- ' lection of new brick buildings on the ' splendidly situated site at Papatoetoe, ' whither the children have to-day been removed. ■' Prior to the migration a short service ; was conducted at the old St. ' Home by the Yen. Archdeacon Calder, " Canon Nelson reading the service arid ' Canon McMurray pronouncing the bene- < diction. A number of the trustees were i present, including the Revs. Mr. Fisher and Mr. Reeve, and Messrs. Tunks, Yates, ' and Brooke-Smith; while friends of the orphans and others interested in the home were also present in fair number. The service was brought to a conclusion by the singing of the Old Hundredth, and the children and staff embarked for their new quarters, whither for several days past the impedimenta has been proceeding. This afternoon several of the trustees 1 •went by train to Papatoetoe to super- i visa the settling down, of the children i ,pt ttissr new. codnfay Jiooie. 11

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PARNELL ORPHAN HOME. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 77, 31 March 1909

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