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Why not be strong?
Title : Why not be strong? Why not be strong?
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Creator : Our Boys' Institute (Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Source : Our Boys' Institute magazine, February 1908, p. 18
Date of creation : 1908
Format : Magazine
Dimensions : 140 x 200 mm
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Description :
Our Boy's Institute (OBI) was founded in Adelaide in April 1888 as a junior branch of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Within two years there were 500 members and in 1897 purpose-built premises were opened in Wakefield Street, Adelaide. The OBI was said to have the finest gymnasium in Australia as well as exemplary swimming baths. Like the YMCA, the aim was to provide constructive leisure activities and practical educational opportunities for younger boys, and thus prevent them from turning to lives of delinquency. The aims were similar to those of the Boys' Brigade but the OBI added a strong focus on the Bible and Christian teaching. Classes including Bible classes, bookkeeping, shorthand, drawing, elocution and carpentry were well attended.
Related names :

Boys Brigade

Our Boys' Institute (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Young Men's Christian Association

Coverage year : 1908
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.); Wakefield Street (Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Further reading :
Maunders, David. Keeping them off the streets: a history of voluntary youth organizations in Australia, 1850-1980, Coburg, Vic.: Phillip Institute of Technology, Centre for Youth and Community Studies, 1984
Our Boys' Institute (Adelaide, S. Aust.). Annual report, 1893-1902
Our Boys' Institute (Adelaide, S. Aust.). Papers relating to incorporation, 1898, D 5030 (Misc)
Our boys' Institute magazine , [Adelaide, S. Aust., 1902-1940]
Our boys' magazine , [Adelaide, S. Aust., 1897-1902]
Our boys' manuscript newspaper , [Adelaide, S. Aust., 1888-1891]
South Australian Community Recreation Association. Minutes of Board of Managment of OBI, 1888-1961, SRG 184/1



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