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New South Wales - Organisation

Burnside (1986 - 2000)

  • Burnside Orphanage, Parramatta

    Burnside Orphanage, Parramatta, August 1920, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales.
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From
1986
To
2000
Categories
Children's Home, Cottage Care, Foster Care, Home, Non Government Organisation, Non-denominational, Orphanage, Presbyterian, Protestant and Uniting Church
Website
http://www.burnside.org.au

Burnside, formerly Burnside Homes for Children, was a Uniting Church Agency that ran foster care, family group homes and outreach programmes from 1986 until 2000. By 2000 Burnside had become one of the largest providers of child and family services in New South Wales, although it was no longer providing residential care on its site at North Parramatta. In 2000 it became UnitingCare Burnside.

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In the 1970s, a comprehensive and successful system of foster care was established by Burnside social workers. Burnside's homes for children ceased in the late 1980s, but the organisation ran family group homes and outreach programmes.

In the 1980s the need to raise funds to support Burnside's programmes prompted the sale of a large part of the site. Robertson, along with Ivanhoe, Sargood Hall, Blackwood, Son of the Rock and Reid were leased by Redeemer Baptist School in 1986 then sold to the school in 1994. Land was subdivided and sold, and a shopping centre was built to support new housing on the site.

The remaining buildings were converted to administrative centres, a library and an archives and museum.

Location

1986 - 2000
Location - Burnside was situated at Pennant Hills Road, North Parramatta. Location: North Parramatta

Timeline

 1911 - 1955 Burnside Presbyterian Orphan Homes
       1955 - 1978 Burnside Presbyterian Homes for Children
             1978 - 1986 Burnside Homes for Children
                   1986 - 2000 Burnside
                         2000 - Uniting Burnside

Related Archival Collections

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • Keen, Susan, Burnside: 75 years of caring, Burnside Homes for Children, 1986. Details
  • Shayler, Kate, The Long Way Home: The Story of a Homes Kid, Random House, Milsons Point, N.S.W., 2001. Details
  • Shayler, Kate, Burnished: Burnside Life Stories, MoshPit Publishing, Hazelbrook, NSW, 2011, 280 pp. Details
  • Wingrave, Frank and Jansen, Alice, Burnside from the inside 1916-1926, Genial Enterprises, Emu Plains, 2002, 90 pp. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Burnside Orphanage, Parramatta
Title
Burnside Orphanage, Parramatta
Type
Image
Date
August 1920
Source
State Library of New South Wales

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Troup
Title
Troup
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Ross
Title
Ross
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Robertson
Title
Robertson
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Reid
Title
Reid
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Lincluden
Title
Lincluden
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Ivanhoe
Title
Ivanhoe
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Eskdale
Title
Eskdale
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Dunkeld
Title
Dunkeld
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Cumbrae
Title
Cumbrae
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Burnside Primary School
Title
Burnside Primary School
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Blairgowrie
Title
Blairgowrie
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Blackwood
Title
Blackwood
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Airlie
Title
Airlie
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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War Memorial
Title
War Memorial
Type
Document
Date
c. 2013

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Sources used to compile this entry: Keen, Susan, Burnside: 75 years of caring, Burnside Homes for Children, 1986; 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.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry