Mosley Receiving Home, run by the government, opened in New Town in 1974. It provided temporary accommodation to children who were wards of state or supervised in other ways by the Social Welfare Department. In about 1980, the Home became Mosley Family Group Home.
A married woman, known as a Receiving Home Keeper, managed Mosley with the assistance of her husband, who was in paid employment outside the Home. In return, they did not pay rent.
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. The Home also took in children requiring temporary accommodation under the Domestic Service Assistance Act and in transit between Homes.
In 1978, because of substantial rewiring and renovations being undertaken at Rochebank Hostel, the children moved to Mosley Receiving Home for nine months.
The Department changed the name in the early 1980s to Mosley Family Group Home 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.
1974 - 1980 Mosley Receiving Home
c. 1981 - 1991 Mosley Family Group Home
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 1981, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1981; 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, Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children - Final Report - Phase 2, June 2006.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 16 May 2012, Last modified: 11 March 2014