The Deaconess Children's Home in Strathfield, also known as Lisgar House and Agincourt, was established by the Church of England Deaconess Institution in a house called Agincourt in Albert Street. Girls from the Deaconess Children's Home Lisgar, in Marrickville, were moved there in 1929. This property was renamed Pallister Church of England Girls' Home in 1935 and became a home for girls referred from the Children's Courts.
'Agincourt' had been built in 1891 by John Paul, a ship's chandler, and owned by pharmacist Washington H. Soul from 1903 until his death in 1927. It was then acquired by the Church of England Deaconess Institution.
Win Evans recalls that Agincourt was renamed Pallister after a former Deaconess in charge of Deaconess Children's Homes.
Anglican Deaconess Ministries Ltd, which is the modern name for the Church of England Deaconess Institution, holds annual reports of Pallister, and some group photographs of children who lived in the homes.
In 2011 the Agincourt site was used by the Jesmond Nursing Home.
1914 - 1929 Lisgar Children's Home
1929 - 1936 Deaconess Children's Home, Strathfield
1936 - 1977 Pallister Church of England Girls' Home
1977 - 1981 Pallister Young People's Unit and Special School
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Control of Church Homes: Bishop Hilliard's Comment', The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 September 1945, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/17952158; 'Anglican Deaconess Ministries History', Anglican Deaconess Ministries Ltd, 2009, http://web.archive.org/web/20140225231547/http://www.deaconessministries.org.au/history/history; Evans, Win, A Rejected Childhood, W. Evans/Parker Pattinson, Hurstville, 2001, 255 pp; Hanson, Dallas, Why are they in children's homes: report of the ACOSS children's home intake survey, Australian Department of Social Services: Australian Council of Social Services, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1979, 83 pp; Jones, Cathy, ''Agincourt' Albert Rd Strathfield', in Strathfield Heritage, Cathy Jones, http://strathfieldheritage.org/houses/victorian-housing-in-strathfield/agincourt-albert-rd-strathfield/; 'Other Ministries Begun By Sydney Anglican Deaconesses', http://web.archive.org/web/20140309214733/http://www.deaconessministries.org.au/history/other-ministries; Quinn, Peter E, Unenlightened efficiency: the administration of the juvenile correction system in New South Wales 1905-1988, University of Sydney, History, 27 March 2006, http://hdl.handle.net/2123/623; Correspondence with Anglican Deaconess Ministries Ltd, 24 December 2011.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 24 January 2012, Last modified: 11 July 2016