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Children's Homes and Institutions in Australia

Abbreviations: AB=Northern Ireland Area Board; AS=Approved School; BC=Borough Council; BI=Borstal;
   CC=County Council; CHE=Community Home; CS=Certified School; DB=Barnardo's;
   DC=Detention Centre; IS=Industrial School; LA=Ladies' Association; LC=London Borough Council;
   LD=List D; MB=Mothers/Babies; MH=Magdalen Home; NCH=National Children's Home;
   PHm=Probation Home; PHs=Probation Hostel; PL=Poor Law Home; Rfy=Reformatory School;
   SA=Salvation Army; WS=Waifs & Strays / Children's Society.

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Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

South Australia

  • Girls' Industrial Home, Barton Vale, Enfield, Adelaide (IS/SA)
  • Brooklyn Park Reformatory for Girls, Brooklyn Park, Adelaide (Rfy)
  • Industrial School, Edwardstown, Adelaide (IS)
  • Girls' Probationary Home, Fullarton, Adelaide (SA/PHm)
  • Barwell Boys' Reception Centre, Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
  • Magill Orphanage and Industrial Schools / Reformatory for Boys, Magill, Adelaide (IS/Rfy)
  • Woodville Probationary School for Girls, Woodville, Adelaide (PHm)
  • Redruth Reformatory for Girls, Burra (Rfy)
  • Kapunda Reformatory for Girls, Kapunda (Rfy)
  • Mount Barker Reformatory for Boys, Mount Barker (Rfy/SA)


  • Lady Northcote Farm School, Glenmore, Bacchus Marsh
  • Melbourne Orphan Asylum, Brighton North, Melbourne
  • Melbourne Orphan Asylum, Emerald Hill, Melbourne
  • Melbourne Orphanage, Windermere. Butler Street, Melbourne

Western Australia