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The Gables, located at 101 Princes Street, Kew, was a government operated children's home which opened in 1962. It accommodated 25 children who were wards of the state, consisting of boys from 4 to 10 years old, and grils from 4 to 14 years old.
Most of the children accommodated had either physical, behavioural or learning difficulties.
The Gables first accommodated children in dormitories on the first floor, but in 1965 alterations were made so that the children were accommodated in three fairly self-contained units, upstairs and downstairs in the main building and in a cottage at the rear of the main building. At the same time the Home's rostered child care workers were replaced with cottage mothers.
The Home was closed by the mid 1980s as part of the Department of Community Services (VA 2633) rationalisation of residential child care resources.