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Ballarat District Orphan Asylum (1865 - 1909)

  • The Ballarat District Orphan Asylum

    The Ballarat District Orphan Asylum, 19 May 1866 -
    Details

From
1865
To
1909
Categories
Care Provider, Home, Non-denominational and Orphanage

The Ballarat District Orphan Asylum was established in 1865 and run by a non-denominational board of management. The Orphanage farm was established in 1869. In 1909, the institution became known as the Ballarat Orphanage.

Details

The Ballarat District Orphan Asylum was established in 1865, in response to widespread community concern about the lack of services for neglected, abandoned and destitute children, during the widespread upheaval of the gold rush years.

It was run by a non-denominational (but nominally Protestant) board of management. The Orphan Asylum was originally located in Victoria Street, Ballarat.

The annual report for 1866 stated that Mr and Mrs Finlay ('well known as public teachers') had been appointed as the institution's first superintendent and matron. The first children were admitted to the Orphan Asylum in October 1865.

The Orphanage farm was established in 1869. A swimming pool (said to be the 'first of its kind in any charitable institution in the colony') was built at the Ballarat Orphan Asylum in 1870.

In 1871, the Superintendent was Mr H.B. Sadleir.

In 1909, the institution became known as the Ballarat Orphanage.

Location

1865? - 1909?
Address - Ballarat District Orphan Asylum was located at 200 Victoria Street, Ballarat. Location: Ballarat

Timeline

 1865 - 1909 Ballarat District Orphan Asylum
       1909 - 1968 Ballarat Orphanage
             1968 - 1984 Ballarat Children's Home
                   1984 - 1998 Ballarat Children's Homes and Family Services
                         1998 - Child and Family Services Ballarat

Related Organisations

Publications

Reports

  • Committee of Management of the Ballarat District Orphan Asylum, The Second Annual Report of the Committee of Management of the Ballarat District Orphan Asylum - with the rules and regulations of the institution - 1866, W. L. Mullen, Ballarat, 1867, 18 pp. Details
  • Committee of Management of the Ballarat District Orphan Asylum, The Sixth Annual Report of the Committee of Management of the Ballarat District Orphan Asylum, with the Rules and Regulations of the Institution; A List of All Subsriptions Used During the Year 1870, and a Financial Statement from January 1st, to December 31st, 1870., W. L. Mullen, Ballarat, 1871, 20 pp. Details

Online Resources

Photos

The Ballarat District Orphan Asylum
Title
The Ballarat District Orphan Asylum
Type
Image
Date
19 May 1866 -

Details

Bye-laws relating to the Admission and Removal of Children
Title
Bye-laws relating to the Admission and Removal of Children
Type
Document
Date
1867
Source
Child and Family Services Ballarat

Details

Ballarat District Orphan Asylum, the Second Annual Report of the Committee of Management
Title
Ballarat District Orphan Asylum, the Second Annual Report of the Committee of Management
Type
Document
Date
1867
Source
Child and Family Services Ballarat

Details

Ballarat District Orphan Asylum, the Sixth Annual Report of the Committee of Management
Title
Ballarat District Orphan Asylum, the Sixth Annual Report of the Committee of Management
Type
Document
Date
1871
Source
Child and Family Services Ballarat

Details

Ballarat East, Vic.
Title
Ballarat East, Vic.
Type
Image
Date
1893

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Ballarat Orphanage and Children's Homes', in Child and Family Services Ballarat Website, Child and Family Services Ballarat, https://cafs.org.au/heritage-centre/ballarat-orphanage-and-childrens-home/.

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill