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Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children (1953 - 1988)

  • Orana Methodist Peace Homes for Children, 87 Elgar Road, Burwood

    Orana Methodist Peace Homes for Children, 87 Elgar Road, Burwood, 1958, by Sievers, Wolfgang
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From
1953
To
1988
Categories
Care Provider, Children's Home, Cottage Home, Home, Methodist and Protestant
Alternative Names
  • Methodist Peace Memorial Homes for Children
  • Orana Homes (1988 - )

Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children, were established in 1953 in Burwood. They were previously the Methodist Homes for Children in Cheltenham. Orana Homes offered residential-style accommodation in units with 'cottage parents'. In 1988 it became Orana Family Services.

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Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children, were established in 1953 in Burwood. Formerly, dormitory-style accommodation had been provided to children at the Methodist Homes for Children in Cheltenham.

The 1944 Annual Report for the Homes outlined a proposal to rebuild family style accommodation cottages on the Cheltenham site 'as soon as economic and social conditions permitted'.

At the Annual Methodist Conference in 1945 approval was given to a larger scheme involving the reconstruction of the whole of the buildings on a cottage plan.

The Chaplain General of the Army, Rev T C Rentoul, had plans for the new developments at Cheltenham to be built following the 'garden settlement' model. This model drew more heavily on the environmentalist theories of the Garden City movement than on child development theories. By the early post-war period, this model was giving way to having small homes in a suburban setting.

Committed to a new garden settlement and a peace memorial, Rentoul forged ahead with his plans and took an option on a twenty one acre orchard in Elgar Road. Burwood alongside Wattle Park. This became known as Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children.

The move to Burwood was accompanied by a shift towards smaller, residential-style accommodation in units with 'cottage parents'.

Keith Mathieson (who had been superintendent at the Methodist Homes for Children, Cheltenham) was the Superintendent at Orana from 1953 to 1972.

In November 1955, the Methodist Peace Memorial Homes was declared an approved children's home under the Children's Welfare Act 1954.

On 20 February 1987, there was a ceremony at the Burwood site for the redeveloped 'Orana Homes'. It was stage one of the re-development of the Burwood site. Orana Homes consisted of a mixture of 35 detached houses, town houses and flats, designed for families and the elderly. The Orana administration complex was on the site. It was a base for Orana's non-residential programmes of support for children and families, as well as its well established residential programmes.

Despite this re-development, in 1988 the organisation began a relocation to Coolaroo, in Melbourne's north-west, where it became Orana Family Services.

Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children was mentioned in the Lost Innocents Report (2001) as an institution involved in the migration of children to Australia.

Location

1953 - 1988
Location - The Methodist Homes for Children relocated to Elgar Road, Burwood, alongside Wattle Park, and became Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children. Location: Burwood

Timeline

 1888 - 1891 Livingstone House
       1891 - c. 1953 Methodist Homes for Children
             1953 - 1988 Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children
                   1988 - 2011 Orana Family Services
                         2011 - 2012 Orana UnitingCare
                               2012 - 2016 Lentara UnitingCare
                                     2016 - Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited

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Publications

Books

  • Howe, Renate; Swain, Shurlee, All God's Children: a centenary history of the Methodist Homes for Children and the Orana Peace Memorial Homes, Acorn Press, Kambah, ACT, 1989. p. 179. Details

Reports

  • Annual report: Orana Family Services, 1988-1993. Details

Theses

  • Mathieson, JKW, 'The institutional care of the dependent child', PhD thesis, The University of Melbourne, 1959. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Cottage home for children [editor's note: Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children, Wattle Park]
Title
Cottage home for children [editor's note: Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children, Wattle Park]
Type
Image
Date
25 September 1948
Source
National Library of Australia

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Orana Methodist Peace Homes for Children, 87 Elgar Road, Burwood
Title
Orana Methodist Peace Homes for Children, 87 Elgar Road, Burwood
Type
Image
Date
1958
Creator
Sievers, Wolfgang

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The children's council in session,
Title
The children's council in session, "Orana", Burwood
Type
Image
Date
1959

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Entrance to the children's chapel,
Title
Entrance to the children's chapel, "Orana", Burwood
Type
Image
Date
1959

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A family group cottage,
Title
A family group cottage, "Orana", Burwood
Type
Image
Date
1959

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Methodist Department of Child Care Babies' Home and
Title
Methodist Department of Child Care Babies' Home and "Orana", Annual Report, 1961
Type
Document
Date
1961

Details

Family Cottages at 'Orana'.
Title
Family Cottages at 'Orana'.
Type
Image
Date
1961

Details

And so to bed
Title
And so to bed
Type
Image
Date
1961

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Annual report: Orana Family Services, 1988-1993; Victoria Government Gazette Online Archive 1836-1997, State Library of Victoria, 2009, http://gazette.slv.vic.gov.au/; Howe, Renate; Swain, Shurlee, All God's Children: a centenary history of the Methodist Homes for Children and the Orana Peace Memorial Homes, Acorn Press, Kambah, ACT, 1989. p. 179..

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill