Salvation Army Boys' Home in Eltham

Salvation Army Boys' Home in Eltham

Salvation Army homes were the only option for many 19th-century orphans and abandoned children. Institutional life could be highly regimented: in this image residents of the Salvation Army Boys' Home in Eltham line up to salute a visitor to the institution.

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12 comments have been posted about Salvation Army Boys' Home in Eltham

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Frances Munroe

Posted: 17 Jan 2021

If you can contact Robert Ferris (post of 15 Jan 2010), I have the info on Eileen Olivette Turkington he was seeking. Perhaps this query is being followed up by another relative who would like to contact me.

Frances Munroe

Posted: 08 Jan 2021

In reply to Robert Ferris's post of 15 Jan 2010:
My Grandmother was Laura Isobel Turkington, she was a sister of Eileen Jenkins. Eileen worked at The Grange Orphanage for Girls in Herne Bay, Auckland NZ. I am not aware that she worked at the Boys Home in Eltham. I am awaiting a reply as to Eileen's employment at The Grange, whether she held the position of Matron, & if so, during which period.

I am happy for you to give my email address to Robert Ferris or his next of kin.
PO Box 78, Lawson NSW 2783, Australia


Posted: 29 Dec 2020

Would you like to contact me regarding the Turkington family
Lynette née Jenkins
[email protected]


Posted: 27 Apr 2020

Hello trying to locate information on a one Johnny Logan who was a orphan who emigrated from UK in the 1930s - 1940s.


Posted: 06 Aug 2017

Looking for photos of 2 Harwood boys who were brought up in the home about 1937

Rex Drabble

Posted: 02 Jan 2016

EBH is Eventide boys home which was the name I recall

Chris Gifford nee Baker

Posted: 10 Aug 2011

My father Arthur James Baker was in this home from about 1935 to 1944 and has recently passed on, what he has in his possession was some sort of badge or award with EBH on one side and AJB on the other is any one able to help as to what this was for, I have a picture of it. It is posted on facebook.


Posted: 13 Jul 2010

Hi Mark, Thanks very much for this - the 1909 date is confirmed by PapersPast among other things, so I've changed the caption accordingly. Jamie Mackay, Web editor.

Mark Derby

Posted: 12 Jul 2010

I doubt that this photo dates from the 1890s. Eltham Boys Home didn't open until 1909.

Robert Ferris

Posted: 15 Jan 2010

Hi, My Grandfather, Charles Turkingon's, brother Samuel Turkington emigrated to New Zealand in 1897, with his wife, Mary Anna and two children James and Mary Ann. Eileen Olivette Turkington was born in New Zealand on the 13th March 1904. After her father, Samuel was killed in horse and trap accident in 1912 and her mother died months after, Eileen was adopted by the Jenkins family of Eltham. Eventually Eileen became a matron at an orphanage. Was this the orphanage she was the matron of? is there any records of her being there? I am putting togather my family tree and would be grateful for any information. Kind regards Bob Ferris