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‘Pirra’ Girls’ house, Lara, c. 1963, thanks to . DETAILS

Pirra ended up being positioned in one of Victoria’s earliest mansions at Lara, near Geelong. The Fairbairn group of pastoralists owned it until 1907 once they offered it towards the continuing state. It operated since the Lara Inebriates organization from 1907 until 1930. It was federal government sanitorium to treat those struggling with alcoholism.

The Pirra Girls’ Residence received its very first three girls in 1961 april. By 1962, it was almost at capacity, with 27 girls in residence june.

Girls and ladies at Pirra went to community focused programs and lots of were later on put into foster care or gone back to their loved ones. In 1962, the report that is annual the effective keeping of Pirra girls in personal domiciles as ‘really amazing … in view of this previous mode of living of the girls’.

Nevertheless, girls have been unable to return house or be put in foster care had been utilized in Youth Training Centres.

Pirra’s first superintendent ended up being skip C. Ross Morrison (later on Mrs H. Rudduck). In March 1965, skip L.M. Dodgshun (a previous matron at Bethany Babies’ house) took over as superintendent.

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