County Waterford, Ireland
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The Boards of Guardians were established under the Poor Law Act, 1838.
This Act divided the country into a number of Poor Law Unions each of which had a Board of Guardians and a Workhouse. County Waterford had four poor law unions: Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas, Lismore and Waterford. The members of the Board of Guardians were local landowners. The Boards of Guardians were given the responsibility for the "social welfare" and public health of the people within the poor law union.
Appeal from Tallow ratepayers for a Doctor's residence in the town (BG/LISM/90).
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The Boards of Guardians and the Workhouse system were abolished in 1919/1920.
Click here to download Dungarvan Poor Law Union Descriptive List (word .doc, 82 kbs)
Click here to download Kilmacthomas Poor Law Union Descriptive List (word .doc, 95 kbs)
Click here to download Lismore Poor Law Union Descriptive List (word .doc, 44 kbs)
Click here to download Waterford Poor Law Union Descriptive List (word .doc, 414 kbs)
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