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Organisation United Protestant Association of New South Wales Ltd. (1938 - )
- Care Provider and Protestant
- Alternative Names
- UPA (acronym)
The United Protestant Association of New South Wales Ltd is a Christian welfare organisation established with the commitment to caring for disadvantaged children as well as to the provision of care and accommodation for elderly people. The UPA was founded at Grafton in 1938 by the late Thomas Agst, B.E.M., J.P., when he took several small children into his care. From this small beginning, the UPA expanded services to both young and old at more than twenty centres throughout New South Wales.
The UPA is non-denominational and by 2012 had 9 regional offices, in addition to its Sydney head office. It ceased providing care to children by the 1990s and has moved into aged care. However, it provides support and information to past care leavers, including the services of a dedicated counsellor.
By 1953, the UPA had established thirteen children's homes throughout New South Wales. These homes offered care for children who could not, for one reason or another, live at home with their families. Some children stayed for a few days, while others stayed for years. Children came to the homes as babies, young children and teenagers. The UPA cared for more than 3000 children in these homes.
The homes were: 'Melrose' (Pendle Hill); 'Sunnylands' (Wollongbar); 'Adelaide Walker' (Strathfield); 'Woodlands' (Newcastle); 'Rathgar' (Grafton); 'Rathmore' (Grafton); 'Ellimatta' (East Maitland); 'Glen Eden' (Glen Innes); 'Buena Vista' (Orange); 'Gumleigh' (Wagga Wagga); 'Lillimur' (Dubbo); 'The Laurels' (Kogarah); and 'Murray Vale' (Albury). These homes ceased functioning as children's homes by the late 1990s.
In the 1990s the UPA collated its surviving records into case files and a single database, listing: name (including aliases); age; date of birth; gender; parents; siblings; admission and discharge dates; and a cross reference to the child's personal file. The United Protestant Association has a good collection of photographs of the homes and former residents.
- 1938 - c. 1997
- United Protestant Association provided children's services at a number of locations
- 1997 -
- United Protestant Association is primarily a provider of aged care services but maintains records of former residents and has a counsellor dedicated to providing support to people who grew up in its children's homes
Holds archival records
Provided 'care' at
- Agst, Thomas Urich [with Robert J Martin], The UPA Story, United Protestant Association of NSW Ltd, Wahroonga, n.d., 67 pp. 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
Sources used to compile this entry: Agst, Thomas Urich [with Robert J Martin], The UPA Story, United Protestant Association of NSW Ltd, Wahroonga, n.d., 67 pp.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 22 March 2011, Last modified: 19 June 2012