Timaru Old Men’s Home/Timaru Benevolent Home

Housed in the former immigration barracks, the Timaru Old Men’s Home was established in about 1895 (prior to this, charitable cases were housed in wards of the Timaru Hospital). By the early 20th Century the institution, administered by the South Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board had accommodation for about forty men and women, and was known as the Benevolent Home.