St Joseph’s Foundling Hospital/Babies’ Home, Broadmeadows

St Joseph’s Foundling Hospital/Babies’ Home




Provider: Sisters of St Joseph

Year Opened: 1901

Year Closed: 1975


St Joseph’s Foundling Home provided institutional child care and placement of babies through adoption as well as residential care for pregnant and post-confinement women.

Both boys and girls from birth to three years.

It became known as St Joseph’s Babies’ Home.

For further information about this Home, please refer to:  A Piece of the Story.

CLAN Homes – Orphanages Gallery

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CLAN Museum Gallery

There are currently no images of historical items available for CLAN members to view for this Home. If you have any historical items and would like to donate them, please contact CLAN.

CLAN library books where this Home is mentioned include:

VIC 246
Little Lois Davis barely knew her mother. In an orphanage at the age of three months, her childhood featured too many institutions and not enough nurturing. Determined that her past wouldn’t decide her future, Lois changed her name and, as Donna, became an international model and the mother of two beautiful children.  After the break-up of her marriage, she became involved with a charismatic young man who asked her to do the seemingly unthinkable – smuggle drugs into Australia from India and risk everything she had worked so hard for. Emotionally vulnerable, Donna reluctantly agreed and found herself a criminal. Pregnant and alone, she would nearly have to pay the most terrible price of all – the loss of her children.

VIC 80

The author writes in a very telling and simple way of the experiences of her early childhood days in the orphanage, her search for her biological parents and her later experiences.

VIC 122