Hillside Boys’ Home (1959–85)


  • Auspice: Childrens’ Welfare Department
  • Title or Name: Hillside Boys’ Home (1959–85)
  • Address: Jells Road, Wheelers Hill 

Hillside boys' Home history in brief

In 1959 Hillside opened with an initial pilot intake of 30 school-age boys who had been disadvantaged by disability or neglect.

Hillside occupied a large, single-storey private residence on 10 acres in Jells Road, Wheelers Hill, that looked towards the Dandenong Ranges. The grounds housed a primary school staffed by Education Department teachers.

Numbers varied from 30 to 40, mainly ranging in age from 10 to 16 years, with exceptions as young as six years, or as old as 17 years.

By 1966, admissions to Hillside were predominantly from Turana, Allambie and family group homes, almost exclusively boys with complex needs.

Hillside was closed in 1984–85.

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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.

Reviewed 10 August 2016