Guildford Truant School
11-35 Byron Road
Provider: NSW Government
Year Opened: 1917
Year Closed: 1935
Also known as Lynwood Hall and Linnwood Hall.
Linnwood was firstly known as the Guildford Truant School for Boys when in 1923, approval was given to build new dormitories and extra outbuildings including a laundry and shower block.
Around 1930 the number of boys being sent to the school was dwindling and by 1936 conversion from a Truant School to a residential girls school for State Wards aged 14yrs and up was completed.
Linnwood continued to be used in this way for the next few decades and by 1966 was seen as a Special Training School for Home Science for girls from deprived backgrounds. It was not strictly an orphanage, but used for girls who, for various reasons, could not live in their own homes. The girls were taught housekeeping, cooking and needlework as well as being schooled on site in Linnwood’s own schoolroom. With changes in the welfare system, homes like Linnwood gradually became superfluous to the Dept. and by 1999 all homes on the estate were virtually empty.
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