Wongala Junior Red Cross Home in Turramurra was established in 1947 as one of several children's homes run by the Australian Red Cross. Wongala was described in The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser 'as a holiday home for the delicate sons of service and ex-servicemen'. There were 10 boys already living at Wongala when it was officially opened on 25 October 1947. The Home could accommodate up to 26 boys.
The Turramurra property where Wongala was located was left to the New South Wales Division of the Red Cross Society in the will of Mr EA Clift. The Home was to be supported by the efforts of boys and girls of the Junior Red Cross. The Home was officially opened by Mr LG Kendall, Superintendent of Primary Education with the Department of Education on 25 October 1947.
The Home was a place for boys to convalesce and regain their full health. On Friday 31 October 1947 The Murrumbidgee Irrigator reported on the children that would visit Wongala.
'Wongala.' - The Junior Red Cross Home 'Wongala' is to be used in part for the purpose of giving long recuperative periods to asthmatic children, and also those liable to recurrence of respiratory infections. It is hoped that much benefit will result from this experimental program.
It is unclear when Wongala ceased to operate as a children's home.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Junior Red Cross Home', The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser (NSW), 13 July 1946, p. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104967789; 'J.R.C. Home at Turramurra', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 14 October 1947, p. 9, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18039947; 'Junior Red Cross Holiday Homes', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW), 11 December 1947, p. 8, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134231771; 'Red Cross Notes', The Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW), 31 October 1947, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article156175111.
Prepared by: Nicola Laurent
Created: 11 March 2016, Last modified: 25 October 2017