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London Hungarian Association

Also known as London Hungarian Association of Benevolence/Francis Joseph Institute


It was founded in 1867 to provide aid to Hungarian and Austrian exiles in the UK

Along with the Austro-Hungarian Aid Society, it was incorporated into the newly founded Francis Joseph Institute in Fitzroy Square in the late nineteenth century

It is still a registered charity aiming to help, in particular, poor people in London of Austrian or Hungarian birth

It is now a subsidiary of the Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress, a charity with a wider remit to provide grants to residents of London from non-Commonwealth/British Empire countries (though originally founded as a German charity)

What was reforming about it?

It was an important source of support for Austro-Hungarian refugees in London

Where in Bloomsbury

It was at 66a Great Russell Street in 1881 (The Times, 30 April 1881)

Website of current institution

The parent organisation, the Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress, does not have a website

Books about it

Its annual reports were published, at least once it had become the Francis Joseph Institute; some are in the British Library


None found

This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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