50 Power Street, Hawthorn
Provider: Presbyterian Church
Year Opened: 1960
Year Closed: 1985
The Home was named after a former Director of Social Services of the Presbyterian Church, Arthur G. Harrison. It was established out of Rev. Harrison and his congregation at the West Hawthorn Presbyterian Church being concerned about the needs of boys leaving Kilmany Park in Gippsland and coming to Melbourne to seek employment.
The Regent House Hostel for Girls in Elsternwick was sometimes described as a ‘sister project’ to Harrison House. According to the website of Uniting Care Harrison, a letter from 1971 from the Senior Probation Officer for Victoria to the Director of Probation described Harrison House as a key model for providing residents with a therapeutic approach, rather than just board and lodging. Harrison House was staffed by volunteers until 1978, when the first 4 paid staff were appointed. That year, the Hostel underwent a major refurbishment, and it also became known as the Harrison House Youth Hostel.
By 1982, Harrison House was supporting 20 youth at a given time. That year, according to the Uniting Care Harrison website, the hostel expanded to include a 9 bed residential unit. In the early 1980s, Harrison House had also developed additional accommodation and community support services in the eastern suburbs. In 1985, the hostel in Hawthorn closed. A new service, known as Harrison House Youth Services, was established in Harrison Street, Mitcham.
Unfortunately, it would seem that all records relating to residents of Harrison House were destroyed in the past. Its subsequent agency, Harrison Community Services, stated that the past practice was to destroy records relating to statutory clients after 7 years. However, all client files created after 2004 are kept indefinitely.
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