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Scarba Welfare House for Children (1920 - 1965)

  • Life at Scarba House

    Life at Scarba House, 1930 - 1940, courtesy of The Benevolent Society.
    Details

From
1920
To
1965
Categories
Babies' Home, Care Provider, Children's Home, Home and Non-denominational

Scarba Welfare House for Children at Bondi was run by the Benevolent Society and was previously known as the Scarba Welfare House for Women and Children. It was a home for babies and small children, most of whom were short-term residents. In 1965, the name changed to Scarba House for Children.

Details

In the years 1917 to 1986, between 30,000 and 40,000 children passed through Scarba.

In 2006 the Benevolent Society published a history of Scarba, as part of its response to the Senate Inquiry into the Forgotten Australians. The report intended to set out the good and the bad, and acknowledge mistakes made in the care of children. The report acknowledges that it is difficult to find out what Scarba was like in the period before 1965, and few individual records of that time survive.

Location

1920 - 1965
Location - Scarba Welfare House for Children was situated at Wellington Street, Bondi. Location: Bondi

Timeline

 1917 - 1920 Scarba Welfare House for Women and Children
       1920 - 1965 Scarba Welfare House for Children
             1965 - 1986 Scarba House for Children

Related Organisations

  • Post Adoption Resource Centre (1991 - )

    The staff of the Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) is willing to discuss aspects of the history of Scarba Welfare House for Children with former clients and their relatives. PARC also handles complaints. People do not need to have been adopted to use this service.

Publications

Books

  • Rathbone, Ron, A Very Present Help: Caring for Australians Since 1813, State Library of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1994, 237 pp. Details

Reports

  • Squires, Kathryn and Slater, Lisa, Living at Scarba Home for Children: A history of the Scarba Welfare House for Children (1917-1986) in the context of child welfare practice in New South Wales, Benevolent Society, Paddington, 2006, 56 pp. Details

Resources

  • Benevolent Society: 200 year celebration: Last 200, Benevolent Society, 2013. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Life at Scarba House
Title
Life at Scarba House
Type
Image
Date
1930 - 1940
Publisher
The Benevolent Society

Details

Living at Scarba Home for Children: A history of the Scarba Welfare House for Children (1917-1986)
in the context of child welfare practice in New South Wales
Title
Living at Scarba Home for Children: A history of the Scarba Welfare House for Children (1917-1986) in the context of child welfare practice in New South Wales
Type
Document
Date
2006
Source
The Benevolent Society of NSW

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Scarba House for Children (Historypin)', in Historypin: The Benevolent Society, The Benevolent Society, 2011, https://www.historypin.org/en/scarba-house-for-children; Rathbone, Ron, A Very Present Help: Caring for Australians Since 1813, State Library of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1994, 237 pp; Squires, Kathryn and Slater, Lisa, Living at Scarba Home for Children: A history of the Scarba Welfare House for Children (1917-1986) in the context of child welfare practice in New South Wales, Benevolent Society, Paddington, 2006, 56 pp; 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