Provider: NSW Government
Year Opened: 1920
Year Closed: 1977
Bidura in Glebe was a historic house that was acquired by the New South Wales Government in 1920. It was converted to a depot and receiving home, holding children while they awaited foster placements, children’s court hearings or transfer to other establishments. Many children stayed for extended periods. In 1923 it was named the Metropolitan Girls’ Shelter, although this moved to a separate building on the same site. By 1939 Bidura housed boys up to six years of age and girls up to 18 years, with an attached school operated by a governess. Bidura ceased functioning as a children’s home in February 1977, when it was planned to build the Metropolitan Remand Centre and Bidura Children’s Court at the rear.
Bidura was restored by New South Wales Public Works in the 1980s and is currently occupied by the Department of Community Services’ Centre for Parenting and Research. The property is classified by the National Trust.
Several members of CLAN attended this home.
Related News and Other Articles
Plea for Gaol Release: Bail Sought for Long Bay Boy, 23 June 1946 (Truth)
I.W.D. Bidura Protest March, 20 March 1974 (Tharunka)
‘BIDURA — 357 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, was the scene of a demonstration …’ 1 August 1974 (Tharunka)
Bidura, 2015 (Dictionary of Sydney)
CLAN Homes – Orphanages Gallery
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