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Allen [née Gill], Marjory, Lady Allen of Hurtwood (1897–1976), landscape architect and promoter of child welfare, was born on 10 May 1897 at Hazelstubbs, Gravel Hill, Bexleyheath, the daughter of George Joseph Gill (c.1860–1947), a water-rate collector, and his wife, ...

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Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905) by Stepney Causeway Studios, in or before 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnardo, Thomas John (1845–1905), philanthropist and founder of Dr Barnardo's Homes, was born on 4 July 1845 at 4 Dame Street, Dublin, the fourth of five children of John Michaelis Barnardo (1800–1874), a Prussian subject and furrier, and his second wife, Abigail, daughter of ...

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Bishop, Caroline Garrison (1846–1929), promoter of kindergarten education, was born on 18 October 1846 at St Leonards, Heavitree, Devon, daughter of the Revd Francis Bishop, minister in the Unitarian church, and his first wife, Lavinia, daughter of Isaac Solly. Her mother died when she was six and her father remarried. ...

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Clarke, Peter William Hanwell (1948–2007), social worker and children's commissioner, was born on 7 October 1948 at the Maternity Home, Oxford Road, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire, the son of William Arthur Clarke, a captain in the army, and his wife, Jean Barbara, née Hanwell. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Cooper, Christine Elisabeth [Tina] (1918–1986), paediatrician and expert on child abuse, was born on 21 July 1918 at Fontana, 45 Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, the eldest daughter of William Francis Cooper (1878–1950), analytical chemist and physician, and his wife, Christine Maud, née Jones (1894–1919)...

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Dorkenoo [née Yorke], Stella Elliott [Efua] (1949–2014), health and women’s rights campaigner, was born on 6 September 1949 in Cape Coast, Ghana, one of eleven children of John Elliott Yorke, hospital administrator and later school nurse, and his wife, ...

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Lucy Faithfull, Baroness Faithfull (1910–1996) by Roger Scruton © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Faithfull, Lucy, Baroness Faithfull (1910–1996), social worker and children's campaigner, was born on 26 October 1910 in South Africa, the only daughter and elder child of Sydney Leigh Faithfull, a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Elizabeth Adie Algie, a nurse. After her father was killed in action in 1916, the family returned to ...

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Fox, William (1736–1826), founder of the Sunday School Society, was born at Clapton, Gloucestershire, on 14 February 1736, the youngest of the eight children of a tenant farmer on the Clapton Manor estate (d. 1738/9) previously identified as J. or James Fox...

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William Fox (1736–1826) by Samuel Freeman, pubd 1827 © reserved

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Hilton [née Case], Marie (1821–1896), promoter of child welfare, was born on 11 July 1821 in London. Deprived of early parental care, she was brought up near Richmond, Surrey, by her grandmother, a rigid Anglican who forbade her to repeat a visit she had made to the village nonconformist chapel. She persisted, however, and when, after her grandmother's death, she moved to ...

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Kimmins [née Hannam], Dame Grace Thyrza (1870–1954), child welfare reformer, was born at Lewes, Sussex, on 6 May 1870, the eldest of the family of four of James Hannam, cloth merchant, and his wife, Thyrza Rogers. After leaving Wilton House School, Reading...

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King, Sir (Frederic) Truby (1858–1938), promoter of the child welfare movement, was born on 1 April 1858 at Mangorei farmstead, near New Plymouth, New Zealand, the fifth of the seven children of Thomas King, a bank manager and member of parliament, and his wife, ...

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Alicia Ellen Neve Little (1845–1926) by Tze-Yung-Ming & Co., 1894 [with her husband, Archibald John Little] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Little [née Bewicke], Alicia Ellen Neve [known as Mrs Archibald Little] (1845–1926), author and campaigner against foot-binding, was born in Madeira, the youngest of the three daughters and three sons of Calverley Bewicke (1816–1864), a landowner, of Hallaton Hall, Leicestershire, and his wife, ...

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Macpherson, Annie Parlane (1825–1904), promoter of child emigration, was born on 2 June 1825 in Campsie, by Milton, Stirlingshire, and baptized there on 26 June 1825, the eldest of the seven children of James Macpherson (d. 1851), a shoemaker, teacher, and member of the ...

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Martin, Dame Rosamund Mary Holland- [née Rosamund Mary Hornby], Lady Holland-Martin (1914–2001), voluntary worker, was born on 26 June 1914 at Shelley House, Chelsea Embankment, London, the younger daughter and youngest of five children of (Charles Harold) St John Hornby (1867–1946), a founding partner of ...

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Pierce Charles de Lacy O'Mahony (1850–1930) by unknown photographer, 1930 Iva Pocock

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O'Mahony [formerly Mahony], Pierce Charles de Lacy (1850–1930), politician and philanthropist, was born in Dublin to a Church of Ireland family on 9 June 1850, the second surviving son of Peirce Kenifeck Mahony (1817–1850), a landlord and barrister, of Kilmorna, co. Kerry...