Lemongrove Lodge was established at Penrith by Sydney City Mission in the 1980s. It operated as a family group home. Sydney City Mission changed to Mission Australia in 1996, which in 2004 managed Lemongrove Lodge as Lemongrove Lodge Transitional Youth Services, a secure accommodation service for homeless youth aged 16 to 21. In 2013 Lemongrove Lodge was purchased by Platform Youth Services. It is unclear whether it is still being used to provide youth accommodation services.
Lemongrove Lodge is located in an historic house that was the centre of one of the earliest estates in Penrith. It is quite likely that this residence was used for youth purposes prior to the 1980s.
Sources used to compile this entry: Mission Australia, 'Submission 104: A response to 'Submission to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations': Inquiry into Employment: Increasing participation in paid work', House of Representatives, Parliament of Australia, January 2004, http://www.aph.gov.au/parliamentary_business/committees/house_of_representatives_committees?url=ewrwp/paidwork/subs.htm; 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: Melissa Downing and Naomi Parry
Created: 21 March 2011, Last modified: 13 November 2018