CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3179/6/1/2
TitleAberdeen Children's Shelter: broadcast appeal to be given by Dr Mary Esslemont
Extent2 leaves
Administrative HistoryAberdeen Children's Shelter was established in 1925 to provide care for children whose mothers fall sick to the point of requiring hospitalisation. In such circumstances, children were taken into the Shelter, thus permitting their fathers to continue working and avoiding the threat of redundancy. The Shelter also provided care for 'lost' [or orphaned] children (in 1936, 212 lost children were taken in) and short-term respite for homeless families. After the introduction of fostering services and Children's Officers, the Shelter continued to provide care for vulnerable children and families, and was used to foster larger families under the same roof.

The Shelter was originally situated at 38 Castle Street, but moved to larger premises in the Hardgate in 1952. Mary Esslemont served as Honorary Physician to the Children's Shelter for over 30 years.
DescriptionTypescript notes for broadcast appeal in support of Aberdeen Children's Shelter, 7 March 1937. Describes the work and administration of the Shelter, and seeks financial contributions towards its upkeep.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Related MaterialMary Esslemont broadcast a similar appeal for the Children's Shelter in 1968 - see MS 3179/6/1/56
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