Illoura Children’s Home (1964–84)


  • Auspice: Childrens' Welfare Department
  • Title or Name: Illoura Children’s Home (1964–84)
  • Address: Maleela Avenue, Balwayn

Illoura Children's Home history in brief

llloura was originally the Frances Barkman Children's Home, owned and operated by the Australian Jewish Welfare and Relief Society.

In 1964, the home was among many the Social Welfare Department established as children’s homes to accept children from Allambie. The first children were admitted in August 1965.

llloura accommodated up to 36 children, many in sibling groups: boys around five to nine years and girls around five to 15 years in three self-contained units within the large two-storey building.

By 1971, the home had four completely self-contained units housing children from four to 16 years of age on the first floor, and from 12 months to 15 years on the ground floor.

By the early 1980s, llloura's capacity was 24 but averaged 18 residents. llloura closed in 1984.

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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.
  • Victorian Government gazette, no. 53, 7 July 1965, p. 2191

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.

Departmental children’s homes (1963-83)

File ; Permanent VPRS Number 18072 / P0001 [Open Consignment] ; 18072 / P0002 [Closed consignment]

Content: The files record interaction between the various departmental homes and the department. This filing system was created in 1975, combining earlier correspondence and other records to create one system with DH prefixes.

The specific file(s) relating to this home date from 1963–83 and include:

  • declaration of establishment as an approved children’s home on 27 November 1963
  • declaration of institution as an approved children’s home on 6 July 1965
  • progress reports on individual children, c.1970
  • authority for consent to surgical or other operations upon wards on 2 September 1965
  • names and ages of residents, 1982–83
  • review November 1981 to January 1982 and recommendations
  • statistics, staff lists
  • monthly reports, 1970
  • ward names, numbers, vacation list, 1971–73
  • staff files, 1965–76
  • holiday placements, 1976.

Advance account ledger (1982-84)

Volume; Unappraised

Content: This collection contains a variety of records from several centres in the Inner Eastern Region including financial records relating to Illoura. The specific record is an advance account ledger attributed to the Illoura for the period 1982–84.

Community Services Victoria (and predecessor departments) personnel files (c.1950s-88)

File; Unappraised

Content: This series comprises the central employee filing system for the department.

These files chart each employee’s history including the following contents: employee's name, date commenced, positions held, leave details, position changes and promotions, salary increases and termination details. Some files include the employee's leave card as well as various employment history details. These records are arranged in alphabetical order by surname.

The files include staff working at the reception centres, training centres and children’s homes.

Reviewed 10 August 2016