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New South Wales - Organisation

Newcastle Maternity and Rescue Home (1897 - 1924)

Female Rescue Home, Home, Hospital, Lying-in Home, Maternity Home and Salvation Army
Alternative Names
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Lighthouse Mothers' Hostel
  • The Lighthouse Rescue Home

Newcastle Maternity and Rescue Home was opened in Albert Street, Islington (in Newcastle) in July 1897 and was also known as 'The Lighthouse'. It provided accommodation for homeless girls and women, including unmarried mothers, and married mothers. In May 1924 it moved to Merewether, and became known as Maryville Mothers' Hospital.



1897 - 1924
Location - Newcastle Maternity and Rescue Home was situated at Albert Street, Islington. Location: Islington


 1897 - 1924 Newcastle Maternity and Rescue Home
       1924 - 1933 Maryville Mothers' Hospital
             1933 - 1977 Hillcrest Hospital

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Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory, 'Submission 46: EASTERN TERRITORY SOCIAL CENTRES: A list of openings, closings, and function', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care - Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, June 2003,; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing and Naomi Parry