Omaru Hostel opened in Launceston in 1968. It provided accommodation for about three older boys who had started paid work. The Hostel closed in the mid 1970s.
Omaru Hostel was in the same building as the former Omaru Receiving Home. According to files held by the Department of Health and Human Services, the children in the Receiving Home moved to Casablanca Receiving Home in May 1968 because it was a 'more modern and suitable building'.
A married couple ran Omaru Hostel in exchange for free accommodation. The boys paid them board.
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30 June 1970, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1970; Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30 June 1974, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1974; Ombudsman Tasmania, Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children - Final Report - Phase 2, June 2006. Also available at https://stors.tas.gov.au/au-7-0057-00034.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 23 November 2011, Last modified: 4 February 2014