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THE STATE CBGlLIXREN'S
A RECORD OF GOOD WORK.
At a meeting of the State Children's Council on Monday, when there were present Sir Charles Goode, Lady Bonython, Lady Way, Mrs. Crompton, Mrs. Wra-çge, Miss Stirling, Mr. James Marshall, Dr. C. W. Hamilton, and Mr. Thomns Rhodes, the secretary reported that in December four members-Lady Bonython, Lady Way, Mrs. Wragge, Mr. Thomas Rhodes-had retired by effluxion of time, but had been reappointed by the Government. Dr. R. S. Rogers had re- signed, and Mr. James Marshall had been appointed in his place. Sir Charles Goode moved that Mr. Rhodes be elected pre- sident, and this was carried unanimously.
The President took the chair, and said:
f-This month completes 24 years of work
in connection with the State Children's Council. Our revered colleague, Sir Charles Goode, is the solé survivor of the first council, formed in 1886. My appointment was to the second council, in 1889. The retrospect of the council's work may not'have been a record of un-| varying success. Considering the eondi-| tiona from which many of the children, carne into our bands, this can be
scarcely expected. If, however, after1 careful analysis we can show, as we did in 1902, that 82.64 per cent, of young people have done well, we have much to be thankful for. In 1910 and,
1911 there were even better results. The work of the department has greatly in creased since 1889. Ac that time there were 855 children; now there are 1,530. Then the office staff consisted of six of- ficers; now it numbers 26. This increase may seem unduly large, but it must be remembered that the scope of the de-,
partment's operations _ bas largely in-'
creased. The supervision of lying in homes, and foster-mothers, the- collec- tion of maintenance under the Police Court orders, in addition to the collec- tion of maintenance for the council's wards, and latterly the supervision of all illegitimate children under seven years of age, have-been added to the respon- sibilities of the department. The carry- ing out of theee additional duties m:\> appear costly. However, many '.unfortu- nate young lives receive a right inclina- tion, character-building is the council's objective, and endangered infant life is s.il*-**uarded. These essentials to a wholesome national life cannot be par chased too dearly. My relations willi th» past and present mfmb-:rs of the council have befen ob the most pleasant character. To have been privileged to associate with such eminent friends of juvenile unfortu- nates as Miss Clark and Miss -- Spence, and to1 have" "been a close ¿""Observer of their splendid work in this council, has been an inspiration. Their efforts have given the council a world-wide reputa- tion, and formed an object-lesson wher- ever the betterment of dependent children has been sought after. I fain would bopc that the memories of Mis* Spence and-Miss Clark may be perpetu- ated in some permanent form in the new ofFccc of the department. It* is in<* pleasing "duty to -welcome hërcHci-day as the successor of our friend, Dr. R. S. Rogers, our new member, Mr. Jamc3 Marshal'. We all hope that Mr. Mar «ball's connection with this council wiU be a source of gratification to him, as we are sure it will be of assistance io us. Mr. Marshall's well-known charac- ter bespeaks for him our sincere wel- come. (Applause.)
Mr. Marshall acknowledged his rtxrsp tijn. ' '
The council passed a cordial vote of thanks to Dr. Rogers for- his assistance during the thirteen years he had served on the council, and for the real inter»--., that be has -manifested in the council's -»tcrk. The secretary was instructed lo convey to Dr. Rogers the council's ap- preciation of his Work, and its regret at losing him as a member.