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Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home (1938 - 1956)

  • Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home

    Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home, 1947, courtesy of Uniting Church Archives, Western Australia..
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From
1938
To
1956
Categories
Children's Home, Home and Presbyterian
Alternative Names
  • Burnbrae (also known as)

Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home was established by the Council Presbyterian Children's Home in 1938, in Byford. Children who were wards of the state and private children were admitted, both boys and (from 1940) girls. Burnbrae accommodated children from under 6 years to secondary school age. Children were transferred to Benmore in Caversham when Burnbrae closed in December 1956.

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Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home was established by the Presbyterian Children's Homes Committee (later, Council) on a rural property in Byford.

In 1953, Burnbrae was described as being able to accommodate up to 52 children, including boys up to 10 years of age (older girls stayed at Burnbrae; it is possible that boys older than 10 were sent to Benmore in Caversham). Children went to the Burnbrae Primary School, Armadale High School and Perth College.

By December 1956, children and young people were transferred to Benmore, and Burnbrae closed.

Events

1938 - 1956
Address - Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home was situated on a large rural property east of State Forest Lot 22, Hills Road, Byford. Location: Byford

Related Archival Collections

Related Archival Items

  • Burnbrae - buildings and works (1941 - 1967)

    Burnbrae - buildings and works, State Records Office of WA (1941 - 1967) includes a drawing of the location of the Burnbrae Home, Burnbrae Primary School and major roads (1954) and information about the disposal of the Burnbrae Home's buildings.

  • Burnbrae (late Byford Presbyterian Children's Home) - attendance (1942 - 1964)

    Burnbrae (late Byford Presbyterian Children's Home) - attendance (1942 - 1964) has information about the school-related activities undertaken by children at Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home. People who were in Burnbrae may remember some of the events summarised here, from remarks recorded in the journal.

    Date: 1942 - 1956

  • Item 070 - School Journal, Burnbrae Glen, Byford (1948 - 1956)

    The School Journal [Burnbrae Glen, Byford] has information about the school-related activities undertaken by children at Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home. People who were in Burnbrae may remember some of the events summarised here, from remarks recorded in the journal.

    Date: 1948 - 1956

Related Archival Series

Related Glossary Terms

Related Organisations

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

    Benmore and Burnbrae were the two Homes run by the Council Presbyterian Children's Homes. By mid-1957, all the children from Burnbrae had been transferred to Benmore.

    Date: 1956? - 1957?

  • WA School for Deaf Children (1896 - 2001)

    In his submission to the Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care, a man who lived at the Burnbrae Presbyterian Children's Home (1938 - 1956) remembered going for summer holiday camps at the WA School for Deaf Children in the 1940s.

Publications

Reports

  • Western Australia. Child Welfare Department, Annual Report of the Child Welfare Department, Child Welfare Department, Perth [W.A.], 1928-1972. Details

Online Resources

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Report of Childrens Homes Committee, 1939 [excerpt]
Title
Report of Childrens Homes Committee, 1939 [excerpt]
Type
Document
Date
1939
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Uniting Church Children's Homes File, Western Australia Archives
Note
‘Report of Childrens Homes Committee, 1939 [excerpt]’ gives information about the establishment of the Burnbrae Presbyterian Children’s Home

Details

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

Details

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 Burnbrae Presbyterian Children’s Home

Details

Burnbrae School Journal Instructions pre-1949
Title
Burnbrae School Journal Instructions pre-1949
Type
Image
Date
1948
Source
State Records Office of Western Australia

Details

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.

Details

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 Burnbrae Presbyterian Children’s Home

Details

Burnbrae Home and School location map, 1954
Title
Burnbrae Home and School location map, 1954
Type
Image
Date
26 February 1954
Source
State Records Office of Western Australia

Details

Burnbrae School Journal Instructions 1949
Title
Burnbrae School Journal Instructions 1949
Type
Image
Date
1956
Source
State Records Office of Western Australia

Details

Burnbrae School Journal
Title
Burnbrae School Journal
Type
Image
Date
1956 - 1958
Source
State Records Office of Western Australia

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Burnbrae Home and School location map, 1954 [Image], Date: 26 February 1954; Dedication and Official Opening of Benmore [Document], Date: 17 May 1947; Information Services, Department for Community Development, 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; Western Australia. Child Welfare Department, Annual Report of the Child Welfare Department, Child Welfare Department, Perth [W.A.], 1928-1972.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser