The Dr Barnardos Girls' Home, Burwood was officially opened on Monday 26 September 1938 by Lady Wakehurst. Girls who had previously been in Barnardo House, Ashfield were transferred to Dr Barnardos Girls' Home, Burwood when Ashfield closed.
About 14 girls lived in the Home at one time. One group were the 'trainees', these girls were being trained to be placed in domestic service positions in rural locations. These girls did most of the work around the Home, including preparing meals, vacuuming, washing, and serving meals. Girls who had excelled in school attended the Burwood Domestic Science School and lived in a dormitory on the upper level. An older group of girls had separate quarters at the back of the house - they had already been placed in positions, but returned for their holidays.
Younger girls lived in the cottage homes at Mowbray Park, and were transferred to Burwood once they reached a post-primary standard in the State school at Picton.
Dr Barnardos Girls' Home, Burwood was sold in 1957 and a smaller property in Lindfield was purchased with the funds to be a girls' home.
06 June 2018
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