The Dill Macky Memorial Home for Children, Auburn, was established by the Australian Protestant Orphans' Society in June 1917. It had previously been the King Edward VII Home but was renamed after the death of the founder of the Australian Protestant Orphan Society and the King Edward VII Home, Dr Dill Macky. The Auburn home closed in 1982.
The Dr Dill Macky Memorial Home for Children, Auburn was licensed by the State Children's Relief Department until 1920 to care for up to 10 infants (children under the age of 7). The Home had previously been the King Edward VII Home but was renamed after the death of the founder of the Australian Protestant Orphan Society and the King Edward VII Home, Dr Dill Macky. William Dill Macky (1849-1913) was a firebrand Presbyterian Minister who taught at St Andrews' College at Sydney University, was attached to Sydney Scots Presbyterian Church, and toured New South Wales as an anti-Catholic preacher.
In 1921, the Dill Macky Memorial Home was granted 5 shillings for every orphan in its care by the State Government. This allowance was extended to a range of private institutions that cared for children. .
A second Dill Macky Home was established in Strathfield in 1922, in Macky's name, by the Loyal Orange Lodge and was also run by the Australian Protestant Orphans' Society. By 1922, when the Strathfield Home was established, the Auburn Home housed 52 children.
1911 - 1917 King Edward VII Home, Auburn
1917 - 1982 Dr Dill Macky Memorial Home for Children, Auburn
Sources used to compile this entry: Report of the State Children's Relief Board, W.A. Gullick, Government Printer, Sydney, 1894-1920. Also available at https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/main; 'Orphans', The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 February 1921, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15959476; 'Dill Macky Homes', The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 March 1922, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15993941; 'Dr Dill Macky Home', The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October 1928, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16498213; Australian Protestant Orphans' Society, Annual report: and statement of receipts and expenditure for the year ending 30 June/Australian Protestant Orphans' Society, 1909/1910-; Broome, Richard, 'Dill Macky, William Marcus (1849-1913)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Melbourne University Press, 1981, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/dill-macky-william-marcus-5980.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 21 June 2012, Last modified: 16 May 2017