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The Gospels: Benevolent Society

Year 10 Religion

Finding Resources in Oliver


Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue  Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.


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Our vision is to create a just society where all Australians can live their best life. We understand what makes a best life is deeply personal. Being able to tuck your kids into bed at night. Being able to play and learn. Being able to take a day for yourself as a carer. Having someone to chat to. Knowing someone will advocate for you. Feeling safe.

The Benevolent Society has launched a new three-year Strategic Plan, which is the blueprint for working toward our vision of a just society where all Australians can live their best lives.

As Australia's first charity we have been giving people with disabilities, children, families, older Australians, and carers a helping hand since 1813. Our vision is a just society where all Australians can live their best life. We put our clients at the heart of everything we do. From personalised plan design and development, flexible service delivery when and where suits you, and a commitment to measuring your satisfaction. We are focused on delivering an experience to meet your needs and goals.

The Benevolent Society

Our vision is for a just society where all Australians can live their best life.

Right from the start, we’ve been there for anyone who needs us, at the heart of change. As Australia’s first charity, we have survived and thrived, and continue to do so through challenge and opportunity.

We’re guided to reach our vision and face the challenges of every new day by our principles and values. They provide a framework on how we work together, collaborate with others and make a positive difference to the community.


Australian Dictionary of Biography

Edward Smith Hall (1786-1860), banker, newspaper editor and grazier, was born on 28 March 1786 in London, one of the six sons of Smith Hall and Jane, née Drewry. He grew up near Falkingham, Lincolnshire, where his father was the manager of a private bank. On 21 December 1810 at St Luke's Church, London, he married Charlotte, second daughter of Hugh Victor Hall of Portsea.



The Benevolent Society of New South Wales was the first charitable organisation to be established in Australia. It aims were 'to relieve the poor, the distressed, the aged, the infirm,' to discourage begging and to 'encourage industrious habits' among the poor and to provide them with religious instruction.


In 1788, the colony of Sydney was settled under extraordinary circumstances—almost entirely by convicts and the military, all looked after by the governor of the day.