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Coventry Home (1933 - 1985?)

  • Coventry Home

    Coventry Home, c. 1933 - c. 1950, courtesy of Bruce Cady, Armidale District Historical Society.
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From
1933
To
1985?
Categories
Anglican, Children's Home, Home and Protestant
Alternative Names
  • Coventry
  • Coventry Boys Home
  • Coventry Girls Home

Coventry Home, in Armidale, was set up in 1933, and was run by the Church of England, in conjunction with Ohio Boys Home at nearby Walcha. Coventry appears to have been established as a girls home, but also housed some boys, including those from Ohio Boys Home which closed in the mid-1960s. Coventry Home closed around 1985.

Details

In 1955, according to the ABC, three boys ran away from Walcha, resulting in the conviction of the husband of the matron of Coventry and Walcha for assault. Ten men later reached a settlement with the Anglican Church over their treatment in the Home. These boys were later sent to Coventry Home.

According to Bruce Cady of the Armidale District Historical Society, quoted on the CLAN website, Coventry Home took both boys and girls after 1965 and provided crisis care for children for the Department of Community Services during the 1980s.

Coventry Home celebrated its 50th anniversary with a publication produced in 1983.

Location

1933 - 1985?
Location - Coventry Home was situated on Kellys Plains Road, Armidale. Location: Armidale

Run By

  • Anglican Diocese of Grafton (1868 - )

    Ohio Boys' Home and Coventry Home were run by the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, although their day-to-day management appears to have been conducted by a committee.

    Date: 1933 - 1985

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • Brown, Helen, Coventry Home: the first 50 years, Armidale, 1983, 21 pp. Details

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

Coventry Home
Title
Coventry Home
Type
Image
Date
c. 1933 - c. 1950
Source
Bruce Cady, Armidale District Historical Society

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Brown, Helen, Coventry Home: the first 50 years, Armidale, 1983, 21 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; Homes and Orphanages Listings, Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN), https://web.archive.org/web/20180421161802/http://www.clan.org.au/homes/all/; Walsh, Nonee, Abuse victims angered by church confidentiality clauses, 27 October 2004, http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2004/s1228751.htm; Coventry Home Armidale [Facebook page], 2011, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coventry-Home-Armidale/265836220124505.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry