Binnowee Receiving Home, run by the government, opened in Launceston in 1973. It provided temporary accommodation to children who were wards of state or supervised in other ways by the Social Welfare Department. In the early 1980s, the Home became Binnowee Family Group Home.
Binnowee Receiving Home opened in May 1973.
A married woman managed Binnowee with the assistance of her husband, who was in paid employment. In return, they received free accommodation.
The Home 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 care under the Domestic Service Assistance Act and in transit between homes.
The Department changed the name in the early 1980s to Binnowee Family Group Home apparently to emphasise its domestic environment and the fact that some children stayed in the Home longer if they got on well with the Receiving Home Keeper.
1973 - c. 1980 Binnowee Receiving Home
c. 1981 - c. 2001 Binnowee Family Group Home
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 1973, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1973; Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 1981, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1981; Report of the Stolen Generations Assessor, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmania, 2008, http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/53770/Stolen_Generations_Assessor_final_report.pdf; Ombudsman Tasmania, Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children - Final Report - Phase 2, June 2006.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 24 January 2011, Last modified: 6 May 2014