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Eleanor MacKinnon Memorial Home (1951 - c. 1980)

  • The former Red Cross children's home at Cronulla

    The former Red Cross children's home at Cronulla, 2014
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From
April 1951
To
c. 1980
Categories
Children's Home, Convalescent Home, Home, Non Government Organisation and Non-denominational
Alternative Names
  • Eleanor MacKinnon Home (also known as)

The Eleanor MacKinnon Memorial Home, at Cronulla, was run by the Australian Red Cross from 1951. It was a boys' home that took in children whose families were in crisis, or who were experiencing health problems. The Eleanor MacKinnon Home closed around 1980.

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Eleanor MacKinnon Memorial Home was a boys' home specialising in receiving children whose families were in crisis, due to hospitalisation, desertion, illness, death, confinements, financial or housing problems, or where children had health problems and needed to recover from malnutrition or illnesses.

It was named after the Junior Red Cross founder and honorary director from 1914 until 1936. The building was a suburban home that accommodated up to 21 boys at a time. The Department of Education provided a schoolroom, with its own teacher, in the grounds.

The property, in Lucas Street, Cronulla, was auctioned in 2014. An article in the St George & Sutherland Shire described it like this:

The property was built in the early 1920s as a private home, but from 1945 to 1980 was run by the Red Cross as a home for boys whose families were suffering a crisis.

It was named after Eleanor MacKinnon, the founder of Junior Red Cross and its honorary director from 1914 to 1936.

In those days, the house was set among large gardens, with a swimming pool, but a villa complex now occupies that space.

Location

April 1951 - c. 1980
Address - Eleanor MacKinnon Memorial Home was situated at 9 Lucas Street, Cronulla. Location: Cronulla

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Publications

Reports

  • 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. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Boys at the Eleanor MacKinnon Home with voluntary teachers
Title
Boys at the Eleanor MacKinnon Home with voluntary teachers
Type
Image
Date
5 April 1978

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The former Red Cross children's home at Cronulla
Title
The former Red Cross children's home at Cronulla
Type
Image
Date
2014

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Sources used to compile this entry: 'New J.R.C. Children's Home', Jerilderie Herald and Urana Advertiser (NSW), 3 May 1951, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134737165; 'For the sake of the children: the Red Cross wants to involve you in this year's appeal', Australian Women's Weekly, 1978, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57644325; 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; Musick, Pat, 'Homes offer taste of history', St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, 2014, https://www.theleader.com.au/story/2145607/homes-offer-taste-of-history/.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry