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the factory and workshop act 1901

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teresa Report 26 Jun 2013 19:13

i have my grandfathers birth certificate and on the back is the factory and workshop act, for his brother why wpold it be on a birth certificate? :


GenealogyResearchAssistance Report 26 Jun 2013 20:08

Hi Teresa

It sounds very unusual. I think a certificate marked with the factory and workshop act was issued to say that a child below school leaving age was permitted to go to work. It is usually signed by the school master/mistress. The child had to have achieve the minimum of reading and writing.

I wonder if it was issued on the back of your grandfather's birth certificate to save money.


Kay???? Report 26 Jun 2013 20:08

In 1901 the minimun working age was raised to 12,!

It could be related to as proof of release from education to work.?


teresa Report 26 Jun 2013 20:32

thanks both we think it was to save money. do you know where i could take it for someone to look at it.


MarieCeleste Report 26 Jun 2013 20:37

There are a few people have had similar queries, here's one example:


teresa Report 26 Jun 2013 21:12

Thanks. X


mgnv Report 27 Jun 2013 05:53

If you're required to produce a b.cert to get a job, or get enrolled in something like the NHS, I think there's a special cheap price for b.certs - I forget why my mum had to get one in the 1930s, but I think she only had to pay 20% of standard price which was 2/6 at time (I think).