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Organisation Seaforth Convalescent Home (1921 - 1946)
- Care Provider, Convalescent Home and Government-run
- Alternative Names
- The Convalescent Home, Somerton (Also known as)
- Sea Forth Home (Also known as)
[Taken from the South Australian guide Finding Your Own Way]
Seaforth Convalescent Home opened in 1921 as a convalescent home for children. Many of the children accommodated there were outpatients of the Adelaide Children's Hospital. In 1946 the name of the institution was changed from Seaforth Convalescent Home to Seaforth Home.
In 1924 a Kindergarten teacher was appointed by the Department to educate the children resident at Seaforth Home and the following year a special playroom was added to the building for her use. In the 1930s between thirty and fifty children lived at the home, the majority being girls. At that time younger children were taught at the Home by one of the staff who was a school teacher. Teaching followed the present Education Department curriculum. Older girls learned dressmaking and domestic duties.
During the 1940s numerous improvements were made to the home to make it more attractive for the increasing number of children. Numbers reached over 60 in the mid 1940s. Outings were often arranged and a departmental cinema within the home provided entertainment for the inmates. Children's birthdays were regularly celebrated on Sundays and each child received a small gift from the Department. Voluntary helpers visited the home to provide religious services.
In 1946 the name of the institution was changed from Seaforth Convalescent Home to Seaforth Home.
- 1921 - 1946
- Seaforth Home situated at Tarlton Street, Somerton Park. Location: Somerton Park
1921 - 1946 Seaforth Convalescent Home
1946 - 1975 Seaforth Home
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Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://www.salinkup.com.au/content.php?page_id=4.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 10 February 2011, Last modified: 6 November 2012