Algate House was opened as a boys' home by the Salvation Army in Lane Street, Broken Hill in 1968. It was converted to a family group home consisting of three residences, each supervised by a house parent, though it retained one name. The home closed on 30 June 1996.
According to staff members from the Salvation Army, the houseparents of the individual houses at Algate House tried to make them as much like a family home as possible, but they did some activities with all the children and carers together from each house. For example, one of the carers would drive all the high school children to school in the home bus, and shopping was bought in bulk and distributed to each house.
Sources used to compile this entry: Hanson, Dallas, Why are they in children's homes: report of the ACOSS children's home intake survey, Australian Department of Social Services: Australian Council of Social Services, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1979, 83 pp; The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory, 'Submission 46: EASTERN TERRITORY SOCIAL CENTRES: A list of openings, closings, and function', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care - Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, June 2003, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf; Correspondence with Salvation Army, 20 December 2012.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 10 March 2011, Last modified: 30 August 2013