in The Protestant Orphan Society and its social significance in Ireland, 1828–1940
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In 1928 at the centenary meeting of the Dublin Protestant Orphan Society (DPOS), Revd Canon Thompson remarked that it would be the job of the 'future historian', 'to estimate the social influence of the work done by the Protestant Orphan Society'. From its foundation, the DPOS was a highly significant vehicle for moral reform. As the parent body, it was more important than the later local PO Societies. It was responsible for the development of the boarding-out system and the implementation of imperative safeguards, which were adopted and modified to suit local needs. The DPOS system became the template for the Presbyterian Orphan Society, which was founded in 1866 and the Methodist Orphan Society formed in 1870. In the twentieth century, the DPOS and PO Societies provided widows with targeted assistance.


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