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New South Wales - Organisation

Dr Barnardos in Australia (1966 - c. 1995)

c. 1995
Care Provider, Non Government Organisation and Non-denominational
Alternative Names
  • Barnardos
  • Barnardo's
  • Dr Barnardos
  • Dr Barnardo's

Dr Barnardos in Australia was, from 1966, the name used by Dr Barnardo's Homes (Australia Branch). In 1964 Dr Barnardo's Homes had stopped its child migration scheme and began to offer a broad range of services to children and families. The name change reflected this shift to family services. Around 1995, the agency became known as Barnardos Australia.


After Dr Barnardo's Homes changed its name to Dr Barnardos in Australia in 1966, it developed its local services, and began to move into providing family-based care for children; it established the Find-A-Family scheme in 1975.

Dr Barnardos in Australia ran a number of family group homes in New South Wales, most of which had been established before 1966: Greenwood (1951-1966); Tarana at Belmont South (1959-1977); Hartwell House Kiama (1960-1970); Atherstone House Cronulla (1962-1977); Rickard House West Ryde (1962-1982); Illawong at Keiraville (1962-1975); Ladd House and Fairfax House at Normanhurst (1966-1976), Karingal House, Lindfield (1960-1984) and Mackay House (1970?-1973?).

Barnardos Australia holds the records for Dr Barnardos in Australia and Dr Barnardo's Homes (Australia Branch).

According to the Barnardos Australia website, Barnardos now recognises that its programmes of child migration were damaging, and it works actively with the Child Migrants Trust and its UK sister organisations to support former child migrants and their families.



  • Hill, David, The Forgotten Children: Fairbridge Farm School and its betrayal of Australia's child migrants, Random House, North Sydney, 2007, 338 pp. Details
  • Humphreys, Margaret, Empty Cradles, Doubleday, London; Sydney, 2010, 331 pp. Details
  • Moore, Allan, Growing up with Barnardo's, Clarke, Joan, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1990, 144 pp. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • 'Boys' home closes down', Illawarra Mercury, 1 March 1975, p. 9. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Oranges and Sunshine', in Barnardos Australia: We Believe in Children: History, Barnardos Australia, 2013,; 'Child migration', in Barnardos Australia: We Believe in Children: History, Barnardos Australia, c. 2014,; 'History', in Barnardos Australia: We Believe in Children, Barnardos Australia, c. 2014,; Barnardos Australia: We Belive in Children, Barnardos Australia, c.2014,; 'Barnardos work with local children', in Barnardos Australia: We Believe in Children: History, Barnardos Australia, c.2014,; 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: Naomi Parry