Omaru Receiving Home, run by the government, was established in the early twentieth century. It was in Launceston. The Home provided temporary accommodation for children who were wards of the state or supervised in other ways by successive child welfare departments. It closed in about 1965 and the building was used for Omaru Hostel.
Omaru Receiving Home appears to have been the first receiving home in Launceston.
It could take up to seven children.
A 1954 Mercury advertisement for a Receiving Home Keeper for Omaru described its purpose as 'providing temporary board for children from time to time'. More specifically, it provided accommodation for new wards of the state or children on remand from the courts until the Department found a more permanent placement for them. The Home also took in children requiring temporary accommodation under the Domestic Service Assistance Act and in transit between homes. Boys at Ashley Home receiving treatment at the Launceston General Hospital stayed at this Receiving Home.
In May 1968, the children at Omaru Receiving Home moved to Casablanca Receiving Home. According to files held by the Department of Health and Human Services, Casablanca was 'a more modern and suitable home'. Omaru became a Hostel for up to three boys.
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30th June 1965, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1965; Report of the Stolen Generations Assessor, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmania, 2008, https://stors.tas.gov.au/au-7-0020-00382$stream; Ombudsman Tasmania, Listen to the children: Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children, Office of the Ombudsman, Tasmania, Hobart, November 2004. Also available at https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1382077009/view; Ombudsman Tasmania, Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children - Final Report - Phase 2, June 2006. Also available at https://stors.tas.gov.au/au-7-0057-00034.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 12 January 2011, Last modified: 19 March 2014