Celebrating 200 years
The Benevolent Society was Australia's first charity. We've been a catalyst for change since 1813.
The Benevolent Society, originally called the NSW Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Benevolence, was founded by Edward Smith Hall in 1813. Edward Smith Hall was an influential figure in the colony and was also involved in forming Australia's first bank, the Bank of NSW, and a newspaper called The Monitor, one of the earliest examples of the free press in Australia.
In 1818, we were renamed The Benevolent Society of NSW and became a non-religious organisation, which we remain today. Lachlan Macquarie, the fifth Governor of NSW, who is remembered for his visionary leadership, unflinching integrity and care for those in need, became our first patron. Each successive Governor of NSW has been our patron, through to Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, the 37th Governor of NSW, who is our current patron.
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