St Barnabas' Boys' Home, in Phillip Island, came into being in 1934. Previously, it had been known as the Seaside Garden Home for Boys.
In 1934, the Seaside Garden Home was taken over by the Mission of St James and St John. Seaside Garden was situated adjacent to a training school already run by the Mission, St Paul's Training School. Like St Paul's, Seaside Garden was a facility for 'problem boys', originally set up as a non-denominational institution.
In 1934, the Charities Board requested the Mission take over its operations following serious criticisms about conditions at the Seaside Home, including the death of one boy in 1933.
When the institution changed hands, the Mission of St James and St John renamed it St Barnabas' Boys' Home. About 50 boys from Seaside Garden were discharged, and the Mission took in the remaining 70 boys at St Paul's.
St Barnabas' Boys' Home was soon closed, in 1939, due to financial concerns.
In 1997 the Mission of St James and St John became part of Anglicare Victoria. At this time, records of the Mission were transferred to Anglicare Victoria. These included records of the various orphanages, homes and other residences run by the Mission. The custodian of these records is Anglicare Victoria.
The collection at Anglicare Victoria dates from 1886. The collection has information relating to women and families including adoption, children and young people in 'care', and work performed by the various institutions and facilities run by the founding agencies - namely, the Mission of St James and St John, the Mission to the Streets and Lanes, and St John's Home for Boys and Girls.
Contact the Heritage Client Liaison Officer, Anglicare Victoria:
Phone: (03) 9412 6133
PO Box 45, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Fax: (03) 9415 9181
19 February 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000091
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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