Uniting Heritage Service

Uniting Heritage Service

The Uniting Heritage Service supports people who spent some or all of their childhood in out-of-home care services provided by the Uniting Church in Victoria, and their families. The Service hold records, photographs, historical material and other documents that date from 1890 to the recent past for the following Uniting Church agencies  – which are now part of Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited – and their predecessor services.

Kildonan UnitingCare
Lentara UnitingCare
UnitingCare Gippsland
UnitingCare Harrison
UnitingCare Werribee Support and Housing
UnitingCare Vic/Tas (Dhurringile and Kilmany Park)
Wesley Mission Victoria
Wimmera UnitingCare

This free service helps individuals access information about their or a family member’s time in care, as well as access appropriate support should they choose.

Past residents and family members are encouraged to contact Uniting Heritage Coordinator Catriona Milne on 03 8644 1531 or catriona.milne@wesley.org.au.

Records from Tally Ho (1903-1986)

We hold minimal records from Tally Ho Training Farm prior to the 1980s and have, for some time, been actively searching for records and other documents in order to assist past residents who are seeking information about their time at Tally Ho. It had been thought that a fire or fires may have been the reason why the records are incomplete. Read more.

More resources and information

Find & Connect
Find & Connect brings together historical resources relating to out-of-home care in Australia. Developed by a team of historians, archivists and social workers from the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University with funding from the Australian Government, the website is designed to help individuals understand more about their time in care though reading information and viewing images, as well as to help them locate records and connect with local support services.

Open Place
Open Place is a support and advocacy service that coordinates and provides direct assistance to address the needs of people who grew up in Victorian orphanages and homes prior to 1989. They assist people who identify as Forgotten Australians to deal with the legacy of their childhood experiences and provide support to improve their health and wellbeing.

Connecting Home
Connecting Home provides support and assistance to members of the Stolen Generations on their journey of healing. They provide culturally-specific support and can assist with locating and accessing records, counselling, support services and reconnection with family and community.

Uniting Church Apology
The Uniting Church in Australia, of which we are an agency, has issued an apology to children who suffered neglect and abuse while in institutional care provided by the Uniting Church, its predecessor churches (Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational) and its agencies during the last century.