Pirra Girls' Home (1961– around 1980)


  • In 1961, Pirra Girls' Home was established in Lara, near Geelong. The home catered for about 25 to 30 adolescent girls, mostly referrals from Winlaton.
  • Many of the girls were eventually placed in foster care or returned home, while others were transferred to youth training centres.
  • Pirra closed around 1980, but the exact date has not been confirmed.
  • Auspice: Social Welfare Department
  • Title or Name: Pirra Girls' Home (1961– around 1980)

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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 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 (1961-84)

File; Permanent VPRS 18072 / P0001 (Open) and 18072 / P0002 (Closed)

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 1961–84 and include general matters, staffing and statistical returns 1961–84

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

File; Temporary

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