The State Council of the United Protestant Association of Victoria purchased a property at 18 Scottsdale St, Surrey Hills, in 1952 to establish a Home for Protestant girls. In January 1953, the United Protestant Association of New South Wales' newspaper The Protestant World, announced the organisation's intention to provide an alternative to Catholic children's homes:
'"Strathmore Lodge" is the name selected by the State Council of the U.P.A. of Victoria for their first home at Surrey Hills to be opened for girls in 1953. The purchase of this property has given a new lease of life to workers in Victoria who have been waiting for years for something to be done in this direction. To beat any enemy we must build up our own case. Talking is all right for propaganda work, but it must be followed up by the practical work. It in [sic] sheer hyprocrisy to talk of the many Protestant children in R.C. homes and convent laundries, if we do not provide accommodation for them to prevent them from going into those concerns.'
Although the home was designed to house ten girls, it seems vey few girls stayed there. The United Protestant Association of New South Wales has records of two girls who were sent there from New South Wales. It is not unknown how many, if any, girls from Victoria went to Strathmore Lodge.
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14 January 2019
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