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Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home (1947 - 1962?)

  • Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home

    Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home, 1947, courtesy of Uniting Church Archives, Western Australia..
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From
1947
To
1962?
Categories
Children's Home, Farm School, Home and Presbyterian
Alternative Names
  • Benmore (also known as)
  • Benmore Farm Training School (also known as, 1947 - ?)

Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home (often known as Benmore Farm Training School) was established by the Council Presbyterian Children's Homes in 1947 in Caversham. Originally, it was an agricultural school for older boys but by 1956 girls and boys as young as 5 years old were placed at Benmore. Children who were wards of the state and private children were admitted. Benmore had closed by 1963.

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Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home was established by the Council Presbyterian Children's Homes as a farm school for older boys. The official opening and dedication ceremony was held on 17 May 1947.

In 1954, Benmore was described as being able to accommodate 35 boys aged from 10 years. Renovations were proposed in 1954, with the addition of a dining and recreation hall to be known as the 'Withnell Memorial Hall', and new kitchen, laundry and ablution block.

By 1956, Benmore admitted children from under 6 years, both boys and girls. Children who were wards of the state were placed at Benmore, and most children were 'private admissions'. Younger children went to Middle Swan Primary School and others attended Midland Junction High School.

Benmore closed in the 1962-1963 financial year, possibly at the end of the 1962 school year.

Events

1947 - 1962?
Location - Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home was situated on 20 hectares of land along the Swan River on Middle Swan Road, Caversham. Location: Caversham

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Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home
Title
Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home
Type
Image
Date
1947
Source
Uniting Church Archives, Western Australia.

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Dedication and Official Opening of Benmore
Title
Dedication and Official Opening of Benmore
Type
Document
Date
17 May 1947
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Uniting Church Children's Homes File, Western Australia Archives
Note
‘Dedication and Official Opening of Benmore’ gives information about the Benmore Presbyterian Children’s Home

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John Moss C.B.E. U.K. Child Welfare Expert. Visit to Australia. Part II
Title
John Moss C.B.E. U.K. Child Welfare Expert. Visit to Australia. Part II
Type
Document
Date
1951 - 1952
Source
National Archives of Australia
Note
Burnbrae and Benmore had applied to join the post-World War Two British child migration program but the institutions were not approved. Page 31 of the John Moss Visit to Australia file Part II gives some insight into the reasons for this decision.

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The Children's Homes, 1953 [Presbyterian Children's Home Council, excerpt]
Title
The Children's Homes, 1953 [Presbyterian Children's Home Council, excerpt]
Type
Document
Date
1953
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Uniting Church Children's Homes File, Western Australia Archives
Note
‘The Children’s Homes, 1953 [Presbyterian Children’s Home Council, excerpt]’ gives information about the Benmore Presbyterian Children’s Home

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Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'Table 3: Young People at Benmore Presbyterian Children's Home 1947 to 1962', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser