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The Ashendene Boys' Home in Falls Road, Olinda, opened in December 1966. It was established to accommodate boys aged from 10 to 15 years, and from 1977 housed mostly older teenage boys requiring longer term accommodation. Boys were often accommodated following a breakdown in home release, foster care or a children's home placement.
The Victorian Government purchased the large former private home to house boys aged from 10 to 15 years, to address overcrowding at Allambie (VA 5033) and Turana (VA 971) Reception Centres.
It was proposed by the Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department (VA 5099) that Ashendene be used in conjunction with Hillside Boys' Home (VA 5102) in Glen Waverley, with both institutions taking boys with a long history of institutional care. Unlike Hillside, boys at Ashendene were able to attend local schools.
By 1977, Ashendene's main intake was from Baltara Reception Centre (VA 5090), comprising of older teenage boys requiring longer term accommodation. In 1978 the capacity of the Home was reduced to 24 as the building was considered to be overcrowded.
In November 1988, boys at Ashendene were relocated to a new facility in Croydon.