Wybalena was established in the former William Thompson Masonic School hospital at Baulkham Hills. It was converted into a family group home for boys. The children moved into their new accommodation on 27 November 1976. In 1978 a new building was built to replace the old hospital building. The home closed around the 1990s.
In 2012 Find and Connect staff were advised by the United Grand Lodge of the Masons NSW/ACT that all records relating to the Masonic Orphan Schools, William Thompson Masonic School and related institutions Orana, Boronia and Wybalenna were destroyed by accident in 2002, during construction works.
Sources used to compile this entry: 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; Email communication with United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT Freemasons, 24 February 2012.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 22 March 2011, Last modified: 17 December 2014