Benevolent Society turns 200!

The Benevolent Society is Australia's oldest charity - for two centuries, it has supported those in need.

The Benevolent Society has been an anchor for people in times of hardship and has played a part in shaping Australia as we know it fighting for the abolition of child labour, free maternity care, legal aid and government welfare payments.

It's hard to imagine modern Sydney without the society's involvement.

Established on 8 May 1813, the Society's first patron was Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and the City of Sydney has lent its ongoing support for the last 150 years.

The Benevolent Society has shown great leadership in building strong and inclusive communities, and continuing the City's long term support, we're providing the Society with venues for their birthday celebrations.

A free public event at Martin Place on 8 May will showcase the Society's Taste Mobile Kitchen - a 6.5-tonne shipping container used to break down cultural barriers and increase community cohesion in south west Sydney.

My Kitchen Rules celebrity chefs will use the mobile kitchen for cooking demonstrations from 7am to 9am.

As a social enterprise, any income Taste Mobile Kitchen generates pays for its community activities.

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