Open All Night Refuge
145 Commonwealth Street formerly Little Hay Street
Provider: Blue Ribbon Gospel Army
Year Opened: 1882
Year Closed: 1950
The Open All Night Refuge was established in Darlinghurst by George Edward Ardill in 1883, via the Blue Ribbon Gospel Army, which later became the Sydney Rescue Work Society. It provided temporary accommodation for women and children, including those fleeing domestic violence. It also took in alcoholics and prostitutes. Throughout its 70 years it occupied various locations in Surry Hills and Sydney. It closed in the 1950s.
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