Bevis Marks Family Group Home, run by the government, replaced Bevis Marks Receiving Home in about 1981. It was in South Hobart. The Home provided temporary accommodation to children who were wards of state or supervised in other ways by the Social Welfare Department and its successor, the Department of Community Welfare. Bevis Marks closed in 1986.
A married woman managed Bevis Marks Family Group Home with the assistance of her husband, who was in paid employment outside the Home. In return, they did not pay rent.
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. It also took in children requiring temporary accommodation under the Domestic Service Assistance Act and in transit between homes. Some children stayed in the home longer if they got on well with the Family Group Home Carer.
Bevis Marks closed in 1985 because the building was not really suitable for use as a family group home. Apart from having a small yard, it required structural work and a fire escape.
1973 - c. 1980 Bevis Marks Receiving Home
c. 1981 - 1986 Bevis Marks Family Group Home
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ending 1982, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1982; Department for Community Welfare: annual report for the year ended 30 June 1984, Department for Community Welfare, Hobart, 1984.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 7 December 2011, Last modified: 4 February 2014