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New South Wales - Organisation

Yarra Bay Boys' Home (c. 1955 - 1985)

  • Yarra Bay House, Phillip Bay

    Yarra Bay House, Phillip Bay, 7 August 2007, by Bar, J, courtesy of J Bar, Wikimedia Commons.
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From
c. 1955
To
1985
Categories
Children's Home, Government-run and Home
Alternative Names
  • Yarra Bay House (also known as)

Yarra Bay Boys' Home, also known as Yarra Bay House, was established at Phillip Bay (La Perouse) in the mid-1950s by the Child Welfare Department. Previously, the site had housed the Yarra Bay Truant School. Yarra Bay Boys' Home was used as a receiving home as well as a more permanent children's home. By the 1960s it held 40 primary school age boys. Yarra Bay Boys' Home closed in 1985.

Details

A 1966 publication of the Child Welfare Department described the boys at Yarra Bay House as being 'mostly dull or educationally retarded', although 'many would be suitable for foster home placement if foster homes were available.' There was an internal school at Yarra Bay House. In 1977 the Yarra Bay House was listed in the Annual Report of the Department of Youth and Community Services as being 'prepared to provide special resocialization programmes for intellectually handicapped people who are under the Minister's guardianship'.

Location

c. 1955 - 1985
Location - Yarra Bay Boys' Home was situated at Yarra Point, Phillip Bay (La Perouse). Location: Phillip Bay

Publications

Books

  • Davey, J. Michael, Journey of Hope: a remarkable true story, Ark House Press, Mona Vale, 2011, 246 pp. Details
  • Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare, Child Welfare in New South Wales, Child Welfare Department, Sydney, c 1962. Details
  • McLean, Donald, Children In Need: An account of the administration and functions of the Child Welfare Department, New South Wales, Australia: with an examination of the principles involved in helping deprived and wayward children, Government Printer, Sydney, 1955, 173 pp. Details

Reports

  • Report of the Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare for the year ended 30 June, Government Printer, Sydney, 1970/71-1972-73. Also available at https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/main. Details
  • Report of the Department of Youth and Community Services for the year ended 30 June, New South Wales government, 1976-1988. Also available at https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/main. Details
  • Boyle, Brian, The Child Welfare Schools: Recollections of these unique schools and the men and women who taught in them often under considerable difficulty, unpublished typescript, (618 pp. : ill., ports ; 32 cm), 1996. Details
  • Child Welfare Department, Annual Report: Child Welfare Department of New South Wales, New South Wales government, 1923-1970. Also available at https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/main. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Yarra Bay House, Phillip Bay
Title
Yarra Bay House, Phillip Bay
Type
Image
Date
7 August 2007
Creator
Bar, J
Source
J Bar, Wikimedia Commons

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Report of the Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare for the year ended 30 June, Government Printer, Sydney, 1970/71-1972-73. Also available at https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/main; Report of the Department of Youth and Community Services for the year ended 30 June, New South Wales government, 1976-1988. Also available at https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/main; Child Welfare Department, Annual Report: Child Welfare Department of New South Wales, New South Wales government, 1923-1970. Also available at https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/main; Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare, Child Welfare in New South Wales, Child Welfare Department, Sydney, c 1962; McLean, Donald, Children In Need: An account of the administration and functions of the Child Welfare Department, New South Wales, Australia: with an examination of the principles involved in helping deprived and wayward children, Government Printer, Sydney, 1955, 173 pp; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry