Corelli, in Marrickville, was a hostel for six male state wards aged from about 14 to 18. Before this, the building was a babies' home (also known as Corelli, which was the name of the house). Corelli was established by the Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare. Corelli closed in 1991.
Corelli was located on Marrickville Road, near the corner of Livingstone Road.
Former Department of Community Services worker Morri Young has told Find & Connect that around the 1980s Corelli was managed by 'Huffy', a young man who:
brought a humane and stable regime to an otherwise institutional regime. Huffy died of leukaemia at a young age. He managed the facility for about 4 years, with a commitment to always hold a place for residents, irrespective of what they had done. It was the end of the line for many young men who had been rejected and ejected by every other facility.
Corelli was closed by DoCS, and reopened by Youth Off The Streets around 1991.
Sources used to compile this entry: 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; 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; Email from Morri Young to Find & Connect, 21 January 2013.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 22 August 2013, Last modified: 30 April 2014