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Victoria - Organisation

Allenby Lodge Young Women's Hostel (1919 - 1984)

Home, Hostel, Protestant and Salvation Army
Alternative Names
  • Allenby Lodge Youth Hostel

The Allenby Lodge Young Women's Hostel, at 410 Burwood Road, Glenferrie (Hawthorn) was established by the Salvation Army in 1919. It catered for young women from the Army's Homes at Camberwell and Kew who were unable to return home, or to secure appropriate board and lodging.


According to O'Hanlon, Allenby Lodge was designed 'to provide a home-like atmosphere' with 'clean, healthful comfort, and a strong moral and religious influence' for 'young girls in business who are away from their homes'.

O'Hanlon also writes that Allenby Lodge was established 'only as a small adjunct' to the larger hostel, Spring House, which was under construction in Melbourne city.


1919 - 1984
Location - Allenby Lodge was located at 410 Burwood Road, Hawthorn. Location: Hawthorn


Journal Articles

  • O'Hanlon, Seamus, 'For the upholding of womanhood: Melbourne's interwar hostels for 'business girls' [Edited text of a lecture given to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria on 15 June 1999]', Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 70, no. 2, 1999, pp. 116-127. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory, 'Children's Homes: A list of openings, closings and function (submission 46)', in Inquiry into Institutional Care: Submissions received as at 17/03/05, Commonwealth of Australia, 2005,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill