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New South Wales - Organisation

Asylum for Destitute Children (1852 - 1858)

  • Ormond House, Paddington

    Ormond House, Paddington, 1916?, courtesy of J. Coulter Randwick Asylum Govt Printer, 1916.
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From
1852
To
1858
Categories
Care Provider, Children's Home, Government-run, Home and Receiving Home
Alternative Names
  • Juniper Hall
  • Ormond House

The Society for the Relief of Destitute Children opened an asylum for children in Ormond House, a mansion in Paddington, in 1852. The Asylum held 150 children aged 3 to 10 years who were defined as needy yet had not been admitted to the Orphan Schools. The Asylum for Destitute Children relocated to Randwick in 1858.

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Every child admitted (including voluntary admissions) to the Asylum for Destitute Children was to remain the responsibility of the Institution until aged 19 or, in the case of a female marrying earlier, until her marriage.

The Asylum for Destitute Children was located in a building called Juniper Hall, or Ormond House. It dates from 1824 and is the oldest grand mansion in Sydney and was built as Juniper Hall by Robert Cooper, a gin distiller. The house was renamed Ormond in 1848 to distance it from its associations with Cooper's trade. It was leased to the Society for the Relief of Destitute Children in 1852 and passed through a number of tenants before being bought by the State Children's Relief Board in the 1884, who used it until 1923, with the name Ormond House. The house was renamed Juniper Hall after World War II. In 1983 it was purchased by the National Trust and restored. It served as a museum and offices and was sold in 2012 to the Moran family, descendants of Robert Cooper.

Location

1852 - 1858
Address - Ormond House was situated at 1 Ormond Street, on the corner of Oxford Street, Paddington. Location: Paddington

Timeline

 1852 - 1858 Asylum for Destitute Children
       1858 - 1915 Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children

Related Glossary Terms

Related Places

  • Ormond House (1824 - )

    The Asylum for Destitute Children was located in Ormond House from 1852 to 1858.

    Date: 1852 - 1858

Publications

Online Resources

Photos

Ormond House, Paddington
Title
Ormond House, Paddington
Type
Image
Date
1916?
Source
J. Coulter Randwick Asylum Govt Printer, 1916

Details

Juniper Hall
Title
Juniper Hall
Type
Image
Date
c. 2012
Creator
Moore, Lucy
Publisher
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Juniper Hall', in State Heritage Register, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 2012, http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5045231; Oates, Justine, 'Historic Juniper Hall for sale', Wentworth Courier, 27 August 2012, http://web.archive.org/web/20120829002119/http://www.news.com.au/realestate/selling/historic-juniper-hall-for-sale/story-fndbawks-1226458809842; 'Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children', in State Records Authority of New South Wales website, State of New South Wales through the State Records Authority of NSW 2016, https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/collections-and-research/guides-and-indexes/randwick-asylum-destitute-children.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry