Ruthven Hostel was run by the St John's Home for Boys and Girls in association with the Church of England Boys' Society. Located in Reservoir, it provided accommodation for 6 to 8 boys.
In the 1980s, the Church of England Boys' Society established the Community Services Foundation Youth Welfare Trust, as a means of attracting donations to support the work at Ruthven Hostel, and another hostel, Molloy House (Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, p.15).
It would seem that Ruthven Hostel continued to operate until around 1983 (Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, p.14).
Sources used to compile this entry: Statement of the Most Reverend Philip Freier. Schedule A: The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2016, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/STAT.1297.002.0003.pdf; Guide to Out-of-Home Care Services 1940-2000 - Volume Two: Data Base, with Department of Human Services, November 2001, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/DHS.3004.011.0277.pdf; 'St John's Home for Boys (and girls) (1926-96)', in Finding Records, Department of Health and Human Services, State of Victoria, https://www.findingrecords.dhhs.vic.gov.au/collectionresultspage/St-Johns-Home-for-Boys.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 11 January 2019, Last modified: 27 February 2019