Dr Dill Mackay Home

Dr Dill Mackay Home

Cnr Auburn Road and Water Street

Auburn

NSW

Australia

Provider: Unknown

Year Opened: 1912

Year Closed: 1950s

 

For many years, Auburn was the site of a significant orphanage commonly referred to as the Dill Macky Home and perhaps it could be a sign of social change and a modem day demand for adoptions that thankfully removes the need for institutions of this nature.

Updated information courtesy to Len.

The Dill Macky Memorial Home for Children, Auburn, was established by the Australian Protestant Orphans’ Society in June 1917. It had previously been the King Edward VII Home but was renamed after the death of the founder of the Australian Protestant Orphan Society and the King Edward VII Home, Dr Dill Macky. The Auburn home closed in 1982.

The Dr Dill Macky Memorial Home for Children, Auburn was licensed by the State Children’s Relief Department until 1920 to care for up to 10 infants (children under the age of 7). The Home had previously been the King Edward VII Home but was renamed after the death of the founder of the Australian Protestant Orphan Society and the King Edward VII Home, Dr Dill Macky. William Dill Macky (1849-1913) was a firebrand Presbyterian Minister who taught at St Andrews’ College at Sydney University, was attached to Sydney Scots Presbyterian Church, and toured New South Wales as an anti-Catholic preacher.

In 1921, the Dill Macky Memorial Home was granted 5 shillings for every orphan in its care by the State Government. This allowance was extended to a range of private institutions that cared for children. .

A second Dill Macky Home was established in Strathfield in 1922, in Macky’s name, by the Loyal Orange Lodge and was also run by the Australian Protestant Orphans’ Society. By 1922, when the Strathfield Home was established, the Auburn Home housed 52 children.

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