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Organisation The Salvation Army Boys Home, Eden Park (Mount Barker) (1900 - 1982)
- Care Provider, Government-run, Reformatory and Salvation Army
- Alternative Names
- Eden Park Boys Home (Also known as)
- Mount Barker Boys Home (Also known as)
- Salvation Army Probationary School for Boys, Mount Barker (Also known as)
[Taken from the South Australian guide Finding Your Own Way]
Please note that this page reproduces the original language used in the historical sources drawn upon to compile this entry. This language includes offensive and derogatory terms which are today considered unacceptable. We apologise for any offence caused by such language.
The Salvation Army Boys Home was established in 1900 as a probationary or reformatory home for boys.
In 1900 The Salvation Army leased a mansion of seventeen rooms, plus outbuildings, and over 130 acres (52 hectares) of farming land formerly owned by Hon. Mr J Ramsay. The first Manager was Captain Michel and he received the first group of boys into the home.
Many of the boys placed at Eden Park were juvenile offenders or boys considered to have 'behavioural problems'. Although 'troublesome', they were not considered to be 'bad enough for a reformatory'. From 1901 Eden Park was recognised as a Probationary School and was subsidised by the Government. Boys who had been made wards of the state were placed in the home and the Government paid six shillings and six pence per week for each child. While the boys were cared for by The Salvation Army, the home was entirely under the control of the Children's Welfare and Public Relief Board and therefore subject to the authority of the Secretary of the department in the same manner as the main government reformatories.
In 1905 the Ramsay Estate offered the property for sale and The Salvation Army bought it for £2200, with assistance from a number of prominent well known citizens of Adelaide. That year the home was providing accommodation for approximately forty boys of school age and older. Children initially attended a Salvation Army school in Mount Barker but were later allowed to go to a state school in Adelaide. For this purpose some of the younger boys were moved to the Kent Town Boys Home which was established as a city home in 1929.
Through the 1970s the home cared particularly for boys with emotional and behavioural problems. Eden Park ceased to operate as a boys' home in December 1982, but was retained by the Army and used as the country site for an alcohol rehabilitation program. The property was sold into private hands in 1997.
- 1900 - 1982
- The Salvation Army Boys Home situated at Paech Road, Wistow. Location: Wistow
Records Managed by
- Kirkham, Lt-Col John C, Southern Soup-Soap-Salvation, a compendium of Salvation Army Social Services in the Australian Southern Territory, The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory Territorial Archives and Museum, 2003. Details
- Steer, Hedley, Social Salvation, Early development of the Social Wing of The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army, Adelaide. Details
- Salvation Army Boys' Home, Eden Park [Mount Barker] 02
- 1900 - 1982
- Salvation Army Territorial Archives, Melbourne
- Salvation Army's Boy's Home at Mount Barker
- B 60658
- State Library of South Australia
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: 15 February 2011, Last modified: 6 August 2012