Old and Poor in Gaol

On This Day ……. 20th April 1894

On this day in 1894 Geelong council agreed to provide assistance to the Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum, stating that 20 more beds for inmates of the asylum, were needed, which would involve an increased annual outlay of £300. Councillor Abraham remarked that the Town Council had not for many years contributed towards the support of the local charities. He did not know why it had not done so, and he thought, that they should now depart from custom. It was a crying disgrace to them that people should have to be sent to the Geelong gaol merely because they were old and poor.