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Thread: Cert issued for the purpose of The Facory and Workshop act 1901

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    Cert issued for the purpose of The Facory and Workshop act 1901

    My bestest new contact has sent me copies of some Birth Certs and one is of a girl born 1902 Mile End ,at the top of the copy it has in Print
    This Certificate is not available for purposes of secondary education.
    (Issued for the purpose of The Factory and Workshop Act ,1901)
    It was applied for in 1916 .
    Any ideas ??? thanks

    Vallee

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    Off the top of my head, I think it would be to prove she was old enough to be employed in the job. I'll see if I can find something to confirm that...
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    One of several acts, in this case possibly requiring a person to produce a birth certificate for particular purposes (eg register for national insurance contributions or claim unemployment benefit).

    I'm just looking through some i have, there are a number of acts, unemployment benefit, widows benefit etc.
    I'll add some details if i find them.
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    I've found quite a few posts etc around the web that say that Section 134 of the Factory and Workshop Act, 1901 said that children under 16 who were applying for a job had to prove they were old enough by producing a birth certificate (the minimum age for working in factories had been raised to 12).

    And just to prove that people have been complaining about the cost of birth certificates for a long time:
    Charges for Certificates of Birth. (Hansard, 15 May 1907)
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    thanks for your replies it may have been for her to work then ???? would make sense except we thought she had never worked as far as we know she didnt have to.

    Vallee

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    thanks Kite thats really interesting I wonder what she worked at then ,this is one of the children mentioned on my rellies army records ????

    Vallee

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    This is from an cert application probably from the late 1940's and lists some of the acts applicable at the time



    This one is a cert issued on 1940 but the birth was 1909, "unemployment and insurance act"



    This one issued in 1946 for a 1905 birth was needed for "widows, orphans and old age contributions act"

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    1916 was during WW1. Not sure that all young women had to register for work, but perhaps she wanted to do some sort of war/voluntary work and needed to prove her age?

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    thanks for those images Glen I had no idea , and Janet I had not thought of that mmmmmmmm.

    Vallee

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    I have my grandmothers original BC "for purposes of employment", it is dated 13/12/1910 she was born 12/12/1898 so 1 day after 12th birthday off she trotted off t' mill.
    It also says that cert is not available for purposes of secondary education
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