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Darling Babies Home (1927-67)

Summary

  • Auspice: Church of England Diocesan Mission to the Streets and Lanes; Sister Esther (or Mother Esther)
  • Title or Name:Darling Babies’ Home (1927–67)
  • Alternative Names: Church of England Home for Little Children
  • Address: Darling Road, Malvern  

Summary

  • Auspice: Church of England Diocesan Mission to the Streets and Lanes; Sister Esther (or Mother Esther)
  • Title or Name:Darling Babies’ Home (1927–67)
  • Alternative Names: Church of England Home for Little Children
  • Address: Darling Road, Malvern  

Darling Babies Home history in brief

In 1927, the Church of England Diocesan Mission to the Streets and Lanes' Children's Home in Wilson Street, Brighton was over capacity and unsuitable for babies and infants. So the Mission established a new babies’ home at Darling Road, Malvern (near the Darling railway station). 

The Darling Babies Home had around 30 babies at a time. A new complex was added in 1951 and in 1954 a new building opened, known as the Church of England Home for Little Children.

Despite modern facilities, the updated Darling Babies Home only operated for around 13 more years. By 1967, Darling Babies Home was being used as a temporary refuge for unmarried mothers, deserted wives and their children. It was sold in 1967. 

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Source

  • 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 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.


Voluntary children’s homes files (c.1930-c.1985)

File; Permanent VPRS 18069 / P0002

Content: The files record interaction 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) relating to this home are dated 1952–67 and include: 

  • inspectors’ reports, 1952, 1954–63
  • summary list of state wards –  infant life protection children, and staffing, 1950–67
  • complaints and other correspondence, c.1950s–66

Reviewed 10 August 2016