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New South Wales - Organisation

Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children (1887 - )

From
1887
Categories
Care Provider, Non Government Organisation and Non-denominational
Alternative Names
  • Society for Providing Homes for Needy and Neglected Children, Waifs and Strays

The Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children was established in October 1887. The Society was founded by George Edward Ardill who was later to found the Sydney Rescue Work Society. It ran babies and children's homes. In the 1970s the Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children converted its children's homes to child care centres, most of which are still operating in 2013.

Details

The lines between the Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children and the Sydney Rescue Work Society were frequently blurred, making it hard to tell at times exactly which organisation is managing a home. They were non-denominational, but distinctly Christian in character, and founded on the principles and teaching of the New Testament. The Society was created by Ardill because, according to his annual reports:

There are young children, waifs and strays, without friends to sustain or direct them, and who, from the helplessness, sickness, imprisonment or desertion of their parents are practically homeless, destitute and neglected. Others are companions of thieves and prostitutes.

The Society's first home was established in 1887 when Mr Frederick Kingston Olliver donated a house and land at Liverpool for use as a home for orphaned or neglected children. This became Our Children's Home. The Society also operated a home at Camden, south west of Sydney, which was donated by Walter H. Paling, of Paling's Music Store, for use as Our Boys' Home. In the 1890s Ardill established crèches in Macquarie Street in Sydney, and in 1892 he founded Our Babies Home, which had premises in Enmore, before moving to Newtown and then Camperdown. A property at Rockdale was purchased in 1904, becoming Rockdale Babies Home.

In 1936 the property at Liverpool was sold and a property was acquired at 132 Davidson Avenue, North Strathfield (Concord), which was named Ardill House. Confusingly, this institution was also called Our Children's Home Concord. In 1945 the Camden property was also sold. Ardill died that year and his son George Edward Junior became executive director of the society until his death in 1964.

As society changed in the 1960s and 1970s the numbers of children in out of home care declined. In the mid-1970s the Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children and the Sydney Rescue Work Society decided to stop providing residential care for children. Its premises were converted to long day care, preschool and family day care services.

In 2000 the Sydney Rescue Work Society changed its name to Communicare and in 2011 to Integricare. The Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children remains separate and operates Integricare Ardill House, North Strathfield.

Related Organisations

  • Communicare Sydney (1982 - 2011)

    Communicare was a partner with the Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children

    Date: 1982 - 2011

  • Integricare (2011 - )

    Integricare is a partner of the Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children and has some records of its operations

    Date: 2011 -

  • Sydney Rescue Work Society (1890 - 1982)

    The Sydney Rescue Work Society was an umbrella organisation that took in the work of the Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children and often reported on the latter's activities. Although the Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children became independent in 1945, a formal partnership was recommenced in the 1970s.

    Date: 1890 -

Publications

Journals

  • Sydney Rescue Work Society/Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children (ed.), The Rescue: official organ of the Sydney Rescue Work Society and Society for Providing Homes for Neglected Children, This item is available at the State Library of NSW., 1880-1910. Details

Reports

  • Integricare History, Integricare, Burwood, 2012, 4 pp. Details

Online Resources

  • O'Brien, Anne, Poverty's Prison: the poor in New South Wales 1880-1918, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 1988, 256 pp. Details
  • Radi, Heather, ''Ardill, George Edward (1857-1945)'', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Melbourne University Press, 1979, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ardill-george-edward-5048. Details
  • Robinson, Steve, 'Grasmere', in Dictionary of Sydney, Dictionary of Sydney Trust, 2008, http://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/grasmere. Details
  • 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. Details
  • Thornton, Bruce, George Edward Ardill and the Sydney Rescue Work Society (now Communicare Sydney) [also titled "Haste to the Rescue"], Baptist Historical Society of New South Wales, Sydney, 2008, 118 pp. Details

Photos

'Juong' Junior Red Cross Home (Springwood) Chapman Parade, Faulconbridge
Title
'Juong' Junior Red Cross Home (Springwood) Chapman Parade, Faulconbridge
Type
Image
Date
1926 - 1944
Source
Mrs M.N. Fisher (nee Chapman), Blue Mountains Library

Details

Gospel Union Hall and gable detail. Commonwealth Street view, Oasis Backpackers, 14-145 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills.
Title
Gospel Union Hall and gable detail. Commonwealth Street view, Oasis Backpackers, 14-145 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills.
Type
Image
Date
March 2014
Source
Michael Bogle

Details

The Gospel Union Hall: 145 Commonwealth Street: Surry Hills NSW 2010
Title
The Gospel Union Hall: 145 Commonwealth Street: Surry Hills NSW 2010
Type
Document
Date
23 April 2014
Source
Michael Bogle

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Integricare History, Integricare, Burwood, 2012, 4 pp; Radi, Heather, ''Ardill, George Edward (1857-1945)'', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Melbourne University Press, 1979, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ardill-george-edward-5048; 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; Thornton, Bruce, George Edward Ardill and the Sydney Rescue Work Society (now Communicare Sydney) [also titled "Haste to the Rescue"], Baptist Historical Society of New South Wales, Sydney, 2008, 118 pp.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry