Kennerley Boys’ Home
19 Hamilton Street
Year Opened: 1869
Year Closed: 1969
In 1869 Alfred Kennerley opened the Hobart Boys’ Home and Industrial School, and on April 7 the Home accepted its first admission. ‘Kennerley’ commenced as a large institution caring for boys who had been dislocated from their families, providing them with a trade and with life skills while under care. In 1969 the old West Hobart institution was sold and 4 large 6-bedroom cottages were purpose built to house boys and girls in need of long-term care. The inclusion of girls at this stage meant that brothers and sisters could be kept together, this brought about a change of name to Kennerley Children’s Home.
Kennerley is still operational as an institution, though in modern times the focus has changed to short- and medium-term care, respite care, and assisting with the reunification of families; nevertheless, some residents remain in long-term care until reaching an age that permits an independent life.
Founded by the late Hon. A Kennerley MLC.
Board of Governors: R.S McIntyre (Chairman), T.G Neave, A.C O’Neal, C.T Butler, L. Stevens, E. Chung Gon, Secretary A.E. Griffiths
Treasurer: W.E. Copley, Superintendent: J.A Campbell, Matron: Mrs. A.J Campbell
Phone number at the time: B2073
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