Hartwell House was a Dr Barnardo's family group home for boys and girls that opened in 1960 at Kiama. It closed in 1970.
In 1994 a former housemaster of Hartwell House, Vic Holyoak, was sentenced to 10 years jail for sexually abusing children placed in his care.
Hartwell House was sold by Barnardo's and became a private residence.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Hartwell House escapes hammer: couple plan authentic restoration', Illawarra Mercury, 2 June 1971, p. 6; Matthews, Bernie, Mick's story, Online Opinion, 17 August 2007, http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=6235; Matthews, Bernie, Reap as you sow, The Griffith Review, Edition 16: Unintended Consequences, May 2007, 10 pp, https://griffithreview.com/articles/reap-as-you-sow/; 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, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing & Naomi Parry
Created: 17 March 2011, Last modified: 24 May 2016