The Lutanda Children's Home was first located in Falls Road, Wentworth Falls (in the Blue Mountains). It was opened by Miss Florence Dalwood who had worked in the George Muller Homes in Bristol in the United Kingdom and wanted to establish a Christian home for 'needy' children, under the auspices of the Lutanda Children's Services.
The Home was supported by donations of clothes and money, and fundraising efforts including local fetes.
The children from Lutanda Children's Home performed at events including the Presbyterian Children's Day church services and the Children's Special Service Mission and Scripture Union rally.
A Sunday School operated out of Lutanda Children's Home, which local children would attend. Children from Lutanda attended the local schools at both locations including Wentworth Falls Primary, and Pennant Hills Primary and High Schools.
In 1949, Lutanda moved to Boundary Road, Pennant Hills. In February 1950, upwards of 50 children were accomodated at Lutanda.
In the mid 1950s, Camp Toukley was opened as a holiday retreat for children at Lutanda Children's Home.
House parents were brought in to help care for the children at Lutanda in smaller groups.
In 1979, two rooms of Lutanda Children's Home were used to start the Pennant Hills Christian School.
Lutanda Children's Home closed in 1984.
It is known that Lutanda Children's Home was an institution that housed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed from their families. Joy Williams, a member of the Stolen Generations, who lived at Lutanda for over a decade, became the first Indigenous person to take legal action against the Government for losses suffered as a result of state-sanctioned removal policies.
11 May 2022
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