n Cabo - Harriet Polack : child abuse in the 1830s

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


Harriet Frances Polack was born in March 1827 in London to Bernard Polack and Antonetta da Solla. An elder brother, Mauritz, had been born in Amsterdam in 1822 and completed his education there. The family moved between Amsterdam and London, Bernard probably being employed in the wool, diamond or silversmithing trade. He died in London in the 1830s, leaving his wife and small daughter unprovided for. Antonette desperately tried to find employment and, wishing to ensure that the child was well cared for, took her to the Children's Friend Society Home for Girls in Chiswick.

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