Stonehaven was, according to the Sydney City Mission, a home for undernourished boys from congested areas of the city. The aim of the home was to build the children up physically and give them moral, religious training. The boys were expected to do household and gardening chores and the discipline was what could be described as harsh. Children attended Springwood Public School and went to the Methodist church every morning and afternoon. Most boys stayed for three months, but some stayed longer.
Blue Mountains historian Shirley Evans advertised in The Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph for information from people who had stayed in Red Cross children's homes in the Blue Mountains. Those who had been in Juong and Stonehaven said Juong was a happier place. However, homesickness was said to have been a problem for all the children.
When Stonehaven closed the building was bought by the Department of Main Roads and demolished as part of a road deviation scheme.
28 March 2022
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