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Rescue Home 1893


Rescue Home, Cuba St., Wellington, 1893
Denis Fortune Collection
Architect: William Crichton.

Also known as the 'Pauline Home' after Staff Captain Annete Paul of the Salvation Army, she ran a similar home in Christchurch and donated the land for this Wellington building. The home looked after the needs of women, such as unwed mothers and ex-prostitutes. It was opened by the wife on the then Prime Minister, Jane Seddon.

The Cylcopedia of New Zealand (1897) describes the building:
'......The Pauline Home in Cuba Street was established by the Salvation Army to carry on the rescue work which is so notable a feature of its operations. The land was presented by Staff-Captain Paul, of Christchurch, who acts as secretary of this branch of the Army's work in the Colony. The Home was erected in brick from plans by Mr. William Crichton, architect. It is a handsome structure of two stories, and contains twenty rooms, besides laundry and washhouse. A grand work is being done very unostentatiously, the Home being usually full. The institution is comfortably furnished, and contains twenty-six beds, apart from the accommodation for the officers. The number of inmates at the time of writing is twenty-four women and five children. Purely rescue work is carried on in connection with the Home, the inmates being taught to do household and other useful work, and many have already been discharged, all the better for the kind influences which pervade the establishment. The officer in charge is Captain Gunnion who has had considerable experience in this work......'

The home was located on a plot of land that is now part of Trekkers Hotel. We assume the rescue home was demolished in 1907 to make way for the Salvation Army Railton Hotel, the building that later became Trekkers.

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