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Immigrants Home

The Immigrants Home was the name early colonists gave to ramshackle buildings on either side of St Kilda Road at Princes Bridge. Established in 1853 by the Immigrants Aid Society ‘for the amelioration of the fearful distress amongst the newly arrived population’, the Immigrants Home came to serve a similar function to an English workhouse, operating a night shelter, convalescent hospital and providing shelter for deserted wives, single mothers, neglected children and the disabled.

Shurlee Swain