Hillside Boys' Home, in Wheelers Hill, was established by the Victorian Government in 1959. It accommodated 30 to 40 school-age boys who were considered 'unacceptable' for other homes or foster care. Hillside included a school. It closed in around 1985.
Hillside Boys' Home, in Jells Road, Wheelers Hill, Glen Waverley, was established by the Victorian Government in 1959, to relieve 'congestion' at Turana, Royal Park.
Hillside accommodated 30 to 40 school-age boys. In 1959, the Department described its residents as 'of a type not acceptable in foster homes or in institutions and they had no interested parents or relations who could provide a reasonably decent home for them'. The Department described some of the Hillside boys as 'persistent absconders'.
Many of its residents had had a disrupted experience of school, and thus required a 'special school' type of education. This was provided in a two-classroom school on the Hillside site. Hillside was closed following a regional review of residential childcare needs in 1984 - 1985.
The boys living at Hillside participated in activities in the local community, including Scouts, sports and other clubs, and during the Christmas holidays, most boys were placed with local families.
A former resident of Hillside in his submission to the Inquiry into Institutional Care was critical of his time in the Home. He wrote:
I left Hillside uneducated and illiterate. I had few social skills and felt I was a social misfit. I had learnt that 'care' and 'justice' were words with no meaning, and that rules, institutions and authority were not deserving of respect.
In 1959 Hillside was on a 10 acre property 'looking over a very pleasant countryside towards the Dandenong Ranges'. By 1981 the property was surrounded by housing on every side.
Dr Phyllis Tewsley, the former Medical Superintendent at Turana, served in her retirement as an 'honorary welfare officer' at Hillside.
Sources used to compile this entry: Children's Welfare Department and Reformatory Schools. Report of the Secretary and Inspector., Government Printer, Melbourne, 1924 - 1954. 1959, 1960.; 'Submission no 260', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care: Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Commonwealth of Australia, 2005, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist; James Jenkinson Consulting, Guide to out-of-home care services 1940-2000 - Volume One: Agency Descriptions, Department of Human Services, Unpublished, November 2001, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/DHS.3004.011.0367.pdf.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 1 May 2009, Last modified: 25 October 2018