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New South Wales - Organisation

Hall for Children (1970s - 1997)

Care Provider, Children's Home, Disability Institution, Home and Non Government Organisation

Hall for Children was established in the 1970s at Hazelbrook, between Queens Road and Hall Parade, in a building called 'Oaklands'. It was a non-government home for children and young adults with disabilities. The Hall for Children was closed in 1997, after a public scandal about its operation. Residents were relocated to community-based homes and placed in other services.


The building 'Oaklands' dates from 1908 and was originally the R.T. Hall Sanatorium, a philanthropic hospital caring for tuberculosis (TB) patients. During its time as the Hall for Children it was modified by the addition of a gymnasium and other wings. Since 2009 it has been owned by Korowal, an independent school.


1970s - 1997
Location - The Hall for Children was situated at Hall Parade, Hazelbrook. Location: Hazelbrook



  • West, Roger and Quilty, Joanna, Suffer the children : the Hall for Children report : final report of an inquiry by the Community Services Commission into the quality and standard of care at the Hall for Children, a non-governmental residential service for children and adults with disabilities, The Commission, Surry Hills, 1997. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Hall For Children, Legislative Council of New South Wales, 8 April 1997, Hansard, NSW Parliament, 1997,

Prepared by: Naomi Parry