Brophy Memorial Home


  • Auspice:Father Tom Brophy
  • Title or Name: Brophy Memorial Home
  • Alternative Names: Warrnambool Hostel; Warrnambool Home for Boys; Brophy Memorial Boys' Home; Brophy Family and Youth Services
  • Address: Dalton Street, Warrnambool    

Brophy Memorial Home history in brief

In 1972, the Warrnambool Home for Boys was established in Kepler Street, Warrnambool, to accommodate local boys who were unable to live at home and to prevent them from being sent to orphanages in Geelong or Ballarat. The Kepler Street property usually housed about 17 boys and young men aged from 13 to 17 years.

In 1973, the home moved to Ardlie Street, Warrnambool. In 1974, when Father Brophy died, the home started to wind down until, in 1976, Bob Myers and a committee established the Brophy Memorial Home in Dalton Street, Warrnambool. From 1978, young women were also accepted.

In 1982, Brophy Memorial Home was incorporated as Brophy Memorial Hostel. By 1992, the Hostel comprised accommodation for eight, a two-bedroom unit and the Community Adolescent Placement Service (CAPS). CAPS provided for young people experiencing difficulties at home to spend time away with a local host family and still continue their schooling and maintain friendships.

In 1992, Brophy Family and Youth Services was created to provide a range of services for young people and families in the Portland, Hamilton and Warrnambool regions, services that continue today (2016).

In 1994, the Brophy Memorial Hostel closed.

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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 to 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.

Staffing Priorities Committee, homes and hostels files (197683)

File; Temporary

Content: This collection comprises files documenting the recommendations for staffing positions for homes and hostels, correspondence between the Minister of Community Welfare Services and senior officers as well as funding information. The Staffing Priorities Committee made recommendations to the minister regarding priority of staffing positions required.

Individual homes and hostels are listed accompanied by comprehensive material concerning each home, family group home or hostel.

There are also minutes from the approved children's homes and hostels meetings from 1978–80.

The specific file relating to the Brophy Memorial Boys’ Home is dated from 1977–78.

Note that these records have had all permanent material removed and placed into the collection listed below.

Staffing Priorities Committee, homes and hostels, correspondence, guidelines for operation and minutes of meetings (197680)

File; Unappraised

Content: This collection contains the permanent material removed from the collection listed above. These records comprise ministerial correspondence, and Staffing Priority Committee minutes and list of members.

The Staffing Priorities Committee made recommendations to the minister regarding priority of staffing positions required.

Reviewed 10 August 2016