Bendigo Reception Centre

Bendigo Reception Centre history in brief

In 1964, the Department established Victoria’s third Regional Reception Centre on an experimental basis in the old 'Private Park Hostel' in Bendigo. The centre was unusual in that it was operated by a private family rather than by the Department.

In June 1964, the facility became an Approved Children’s Home. After operating for 18 months, it was decided that there was less need for the facility than had been anticipated, and it was closed in February 1966.

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Guide to Out of Home Care Services 1940 – 2000 Volume One Agency Descriptions, Compiled by James Jenkinson Consulting North Melbourne, November 2001.

List of records held by the department

For information relating to the central management of care leavers and wards of state, please consult the guide Central department wardship and out-of-home care records. These collections date back to the 1860s and include ward registers, index cards and ward files.

Voluntary Children’s Homes Files (c.1930–c.85)

File; Permanent (VPRS Number 18069 / P0001)

Content: Records of interactions between the various Voluntary Homes and the Government.

This filing system was created in 1975 combining earlier correspondence and other records to create one system with ‘VH’ prefixes

The specific file(s) are dated 1963–67 and include:

  • Correspondence transactions with the department, 1963–67
  • Proposed Bendigo Reception Centre Inspections from 12 Applicants, 1963
  • Declaration of Institution as an Approved Children’s Home, 12 June 1964
  • Closure 31 January 1966

Reviewed 24 April 2019