In late 1946, St Joseph's Home for Boys received a small number of boys, transferred from a Tasmanian institution. Boys' Town was situated in Glenorchy, Tasmania. When the Salesians of Don Bosco took over the management of Boys' Town in 1946, some of the younger children from Boys' Town were transferred to the Sisters of St Joseph at Surrey Hills.
According to Jenkinson, by the mid 1950s St Joseph's accommodated Catholic boys aged from 6 to 12 years of age. Approximately half were Wards of the State. In 1956 accommodation was available for 112 boys within large dormitories of 12 to 29 beds.
By the mid 1960s fewer boys lived at the Home given the introduction of the Catholic Family Welfare foster care and adoption programs. Approximately 80 children aged from 5 to 9 years were accommodated with siblings under 5 years also accepted. The percentage of children who were Wards of the State had increased. Children would only be accepted for private placement if they were referred through the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau.
MacKillop Family Services holds more than 115,000 individual records relating to children and mothers who were in institutions run by the Christian Brothers, Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St Joseph. The collection dates from 1857 onwards, and includes client admission registers, admission cards and paper files, photographs, annual reports, newspaper cuttings, policy documents and various items of memorabilia.
Contact: Jenny Glare, Manager, Heritage and Information Services.
Phone: (03) 9699 9177
237 Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Fax: (03) 9696 6496
'Charlie Walker interviewed by Rob Willis in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project' is a sound recording held at the National Library of Australia. It is a recording of an interview in 2010 with Charlie Walker, who was born in 1935. In the interview Charlie Walker talks about the Broadmeadows Babies Home, St Anthony's Boys Home (Kew) St Joseph's (Surrey Hills), his education and his time at St Augustine's Orphanage, Geelong (1945-1950). He also discusses his working life, National Service (1956), finding his family, writing his book
Contact the Librarian, Information Services:
Phone: (02) 6262 1266
Information Services, National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT 2600
Fax: (02) 6273 5081
19 February 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000052
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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