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Tresillian North Home


Tresillian Willoughby is a Tresillian Family Care Centre. It was established as a Mothercraft Nursing Home in 1927, to support mothers and care for babies, and in 2012 continues to provide support to parents of young children.

In the 1960s Tresillian North Home could accommodate 10 mothers with breastfed babies, eight artificially fed babies and five premature babies at any one time. Over the course of the year it cared for approximately 110 mothers and 210 babies.

From the 1950s to the 1970s a number of unmarried pregnant women were sent to Tresillian Centres by social workers from Sydney hospitals. The women were paid as domestic help, and worked around the homes. At the time social workers considered this was a better option than working in private households or commercial laundries. These women were not patients, but staff, and no records of their work survives.

Tresillian North Home was mentioned in the Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices Inquiry (2012) as an institution that was involved in forced adoption.

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    Tresillian Mothercraft Home, Willoughby

    Tresillian Willoughby


  • 1927 -

    Tresillian Willoughby was situatedat 2 Second Avenue, Willoughby, New South Wales (Building Still standing)


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