Miroma Receiving Home, run by the government, opened in Sandy Bay in the late 1960s. It provided temporary accommodation to children who were wards of state or supervised in other ways by the Social Welfare Department. The Home closed in 1979.
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 accommodation under the Domestic Service Assistance Act and in transit between homes.
A married woman, known as a Receiving Home Keeper, managed Miroma with the assistance of her husband, who was in paid employment outside the Home. In return, they received free accommodation.
The house, built in 1910, was solid brick with a galvanised iron roof. It had three bedrooms, a lounge, dining room, kitchen, dinette, bathroom with toilet, and sleep out. The outbuildings included a garage, woodshed, workshop, sleep area, outside toilet, and garage.
When Miroma closed, the government sold the house.
Sources used to compile this entry: 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: 4 February 2014