Dunmore House at Pendle Hill was run by the Churches of Christ as a boys' home from 1936 until the early 1980s.
Dunmore House was opened as a boys' home by Thomas E. Rofe, conference president of the Churches of Christ, on 5 April 1936. Dunmore House was also the name for the historic house that located the boys' home, and dates from the 1880s.
In 1977 the boys were moved out of Dunmore House and into family group homes. At this time there were around 70 children living there.
Dunmore House was then renamed Dunmore House Youth and Child Care Centre, and became a hostel for working boys and students from the country. Around 1981-82, this was closed and the house was used as a private Baptist school.
1930 - 1936 Dundas Boys' Home
1936 - c. 1982 Dunmore Boys' Home
Sources used to compile this entry: 'The Churches', The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 April 1936, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17323574; 'Children's home has new function', The Broadcaster, 4 Oct 1977, p. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224512949; 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; 'Historic Buildings', in Holroyd City Council, Holroyd City Council, http://web.archive.org/web/20130430024705/http://www.holroyd.nsw.gov.au/your-city/city/history/historicbuildings/; Stephenson, A. W, Victories of a Century, Vital Publications, Melbourne, 1985, https://freshhope.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/100th-Anniversary-Victories-of-a-Century-1.pdf; Personal communication between State-Based Historian and Margaret Fallon, Heritage Architect, 14 November 2012; Toongabbie Christian College (2020) 'History'. Retrieved from https://www.tcc.nsw.edu.au/about-us/history/ (accessed 3 March 2020); Correspondence with Fresh Hope (Churches of Christ NSW), October 2019, held in the Find & Connect project files.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry & Constance Thurley-Hart
Created: 20 November 2012, Last modified: 7 December 2020