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Tasmania - Organisation

Malmesbury Receiving Home (c. 1962 - c. 1980)

  • The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home

    The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home, c. 2010
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From
c. 1962
To
c. 1980
Categories
Government-run, Home, Receiving Home and Temporary Care
Alternative Names
  • Cavell Street Children's Home (Also known as)
  • Cottage Children's Home (Also known as)
  • Malmesbury Cottage House (Also known as)
  • Receiving Home, Cavell Street (Also known as)

Malmesbury Receiving Home, run by the government, opened in West Hobart in the early 1960s in the building of the former Malmesbury Girls' Home. It provided temporary accommodation for children who were wards of the state or supervised in other ways by the Social Welfare Department. In the early 1980s, Malmesbury Receiving Home became a family group Home.

Details

A married woman managed Malmesbury with the assistance of her husband, who was in paid employment outside the Home. In return, they received free accommodation.

The Home provided accommodation for new wards of the state or children on remand from the courts until the Department found a more permanent placement for them. It also took in children requiring temporary accommodation under the Domestic Service Assistance Act and in transit between homes.

The Department changed the name from Malmesbury Receiving Home to Malmesbury Family Group Home in the early 1980s apparently to emphasise its domestic environment and the fact that some children stayed in the Home longer if they got on well with the Receiving Home Keeper.

Location

1962 - 1980
Location - Malmesbury Receiving Home was situated in Cavell Street, West Hobart. Location: West Hobart

Timeline

 c. 1962 - c. 1980 Malmesbury Receiving Home
       c. 1981 - 2009 Malmesbury Family Group Home

Related Concepts

Related Organisations

Publications

Reports

  • Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30th June 1965, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1965. Details
  • Ombudsman Tasmania, Listen to the children: Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children, Office of the Ombudsman, Tasmania, Hobart, November 2004. Details
  • Ombudsman Tasmania, Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children - Final Report - Phase 2, June 2006. Details

Online Resources

Photos

The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home in 2008
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The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home in 2008
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Date
2008

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The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home in 2009
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The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home in 2009
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Date
2009

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The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home in 2010.The evacuation slide is on the right.The Social Welfare Department installed it in case of fire.
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The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home in 2010.The evacuation slide is on the right.The Social Welfare Department installed it in case of fire.
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2010

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The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home
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The former Malmesbury Girls', Receiving and Family Group Home
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Date
c. 2010

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Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30th June 1965, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1965; Report of the Stolen Generations Assessor, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmania, 2008, http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/53770/Stolen_Generations_Assessor_final_report.pdf; Ombudsman Tasmania, Listen to the children: Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children, Office of the Ombudsman, Tasmania, Hobart, November 2004; Ombudsman Tasmania, Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children - Final Report - Phase 2, June 2006.

Prepared by: Caroline Evans