Orana opened on 21 September 1968 in Newnham. The name was supposed to be an Aboriginal word meaning welcome.
The Home could accommodate six children. It was in a house with a large lounge room, a dining area, four bedrooms, and a fifth room which could be a study. The first inspection report read: 'The home is situated on one (1) acre of beautifully kept land with a tennis court, hot house, fowl run, camellia house, lawns and cement paving, kennels and lily ponds, trees and shrubs.' In 1971, a new 50,000 wing opened.
From 1972, the home began having funding problems. In 1973, they lost $250 to $300 a year for every state ward that they accommodated.
The house was destroyed in about 2010 and replaced with a new building. It is now the site of the Launceston City Mission's Orana House which provides accommodation and assistance with recovery from drug and alcohol problems to men and women over the age of 21.
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23 October 2018
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