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Organisation The Salvation Army (1882 - )
- Care Provider and Community Service Organisation
The Salvation Army is an international religious and humanitarian organisation. The work of the Salvation Army officially began in Australia in September 1880 in Adelaide, and in Sydney in December 1882.
From 1894 to the 1970s The Salvation Army operated children's homes around Australia. Via its website, the Salvation Army acknowledges the hurt caused to many children who lived in some its homes and issues an unreserved apology. It urges people who have grievances about their treatment in Salvation Army children's homes and orphanages to contact its Professional Standards Office.
The Salvation Army, Professional Standards Office, PO Box A435 Sydney South 1235.
Telephone: (02) 92669878
The Salvation Army works with the poor, the homeless and the underprivileged. The blueprint for much of its social work was Commandant Herbert Booth's study of poverty In Darkest England and the Way Out, first published in 1890. The publication of Booth's book coincided with the Depression of the 1890s in the Australian colonies, and led to the development of a series of strategies and programs to combat poverty. This, and the arrival in Australia in 1896 of Booth, saw the real commencement of the Army's social work in Australia. This included, among other things, the establishment of maternity and rescue homes, which later evolved into maternity hospitals, and the children's homes.
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- 'Children's Homes - Apology', in The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army, 2013, http://salvos.org.au/need-help/family-and-personal-issues/childrens-homes.php. Details
- Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/DOCSWR/_assets/main/documents/connectkin_guide.pdf. Details
Prepared by: Melissa Downing and Naomi Parry
Created: 9 March 2011, Last modified: 4 March 2013