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Elim Home for Destitute Boys and Girls, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

The Elim Home for Destitute Boys and Girls was established in around 1883 by David Henderson who had also previously founded its predecessor, the Boys' Industrial Brigade and Home. The Elim Home occupied premises at 39-41 Crumlin Road, Belfast, between St Patrick's Convent and the Mater Infirmorum Hospital.

In 1886, Henderson also became manager of the Olivet Home in Ballygowan.

After Henderson's suicide in 1904, prior to a court appearance over his neglect of the children at Ballygowan, the Elim Home was closed and the property was sold in 1908.


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