The Wyld Home for Errant Women

When George Albert Wyld of Australia died on January 23, 1911, his will instructed that his estate should be left to his children, but when they had all died it should then be applied to:

"the maintenance of a maternity home to be known as the Wyld Home, and to be available to the extent of its means to young women who have erred for the first time, but under no circumstances for the second occasion."

Wyld's children all passed away by 1949, at which time the executors of his estate applied the remaining money to an "institution superintended by Miss Cocks" adjoining the Methodist Home for Girls at Brighton.

Wyld had five children, but had never married any of their mothers. This probably had something to do with his unusual bequest.

Barrier Miner - Sep 15, 1911

The Adelaide Advertiser - Mar 18, 1949

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 14, 2016
     Category: Law | 1910s

I like the 1st timer's only. Would that the gubment adopted that one.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/14/16 at 09:25 AM
How about one for men who erred one time by saying "I do" ?
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 02/14/16 at 10:23 AM
Nope BD, that one you are stuck with, sorry sweetheart.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/14/16 at 02:15 PM
Errant women supervised by Miss Cocks. What could go wrong?
Posted by Virtual on 02/14/16 at 02:16 PM
"Women who erred once but will no err twice", yeah, right, blame the woman, as usual. As if the man himself did not err at least five times. If the "gubment" adopted this one, there would be much more people in prison, including, probably, the guy who liked the idea of "first strike, then you're out". Or could you prove that you never had any speeding or parking ticket nor did you jaywalk even once, sir?
Posted by Yudith on 02/15/16 at 07:11 AM
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