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St Martin's Home for Boys (1921 - c. 1926)

c. 1926
Anglican, Children's Home, Home and Protestant
Alternative Names
  • Church of England Homes for Boys

St Martin's Home for Boys was established in 1921 as a Church of England Boys' Home in Auburn. In 1926, it moved to the same site as St John's Homes for Boys, in Canterbury. The two homes were sometimes referred to as the 'Church of England Homes for Boys'. St Martin's Home was later incorporated under the name of St John's Home.


St Martin's Home for Boys was first located is situated at 791 Burwood Road, Auburn. It was established largely due to the efforts of the Rev. Eric Thornton. It was opened formally by the Governor in June 1921, two years after Thornton established the committee to raise funds for a boys' home.

Thornton was the first superintendent of St Martin's Boys' Home.

Thornton presented the annual report of the 'Church of England Homes for Boys' in 1926, and reported that a decision had been made to sell the Auburn site and move St Martin's to the site of St John's Home for Boys in Canterbury.

The new St Martin's Home at Canterbury was opened by the Governor, Lord Somers, on 11 December 1926.


1921 - 1926
Address - St Martin's Home for Boys was located at 791 Burwood Road, Auburn. Location: Auburn
Location - St Martin's Home for Boys moved to Balwyn Road, Canterbury. Location: Canterbury


 1921 - c. 1926 St Martin's Home for Boys
       c. 1924 - 1958 St John's Homes for Boys
             1958 - 1997 St John's Homes for Boys and Girls
                   1997 - Anglicare Victoria

Related Organisations

  • St Martin's House (1944 - 2000?)

    The building for St Martin's Home for Boys in Auburn was moved to Canterbury in 1926 and from 1944 was used as St Martin's House.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Home for Boys. Opened by the Governor, The Argus, 13 June 1921, 6 pp,; Boys' Home at Canterbury, The Argus, 11 December 1926, 33 pp,; Boys' Home Auxiliaries, The Argus, 12 March 1926, 13 pp,; St Martin's Home. New buildings opened. Lord Somers' interest., The Argus, 13 December 1926, 15 pp,; Da Costa-Adams, Robin, 'History - St John's Boys' Home', in Shrublands website, 2008,; Nunn, H.W., 'Social Services (Chapter VIII of A Short History of the Church of England in Victoria 1847-1947)', in Project Canterbury, Issued by the Editorial Committee of the Centenary Celebrations, Melbourne Diocese, 1947, Project Canterbury, 1999,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill