Waitara Foundling Home

Waitara Foundling Home

Leeks Orchard

Waitara

NSW

Australia

Provider: Catholics – Sisters of Mercy

Year Opened: 1898

Year Closed: 1927

 

Also known as Our Lady of Mercy Home, Waitara Babies Home.

The move of the Sisters to Waitara came in 1898, when they transferred their orphanage from their premises in North Sydney to a converted old cottage on Leek’s Orchard, Waitara.  This was done at the behest of Cardinal Moran.

There was a desperate social need at this time for people to care for foundlings and destitute children; there were no social services benefits for unmarried mothers nor any community support.  This Foundling Home, established at Waitara was the first of its kind in Australia, giving shelter to 20 women and up to 100 children.

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