Burnside Homes, once orphanages, are now part of Redeemer Baptist School, North Parramatta

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Margrit M. Berger (S… on November 23, 2007

Very pretty with the flowers in the foreground! The houses look very solid and tidy. . Is there a church at the end of the way? Cheers, May

Ian Stehbens on November 23, 2007

May, I'd love to take you on a tour of this precinct. These houses were all orphanages (c30 children per building) run by Burnside. They were built as if they were a Scottish village, hence the architecture. The building about which you inquire at the end is not a church, but another Scottish castle cum orphanage. This set are now used by Redeemer Baaptist School, and the second of the buildings has been used by the orphange setup as an assembly hall and chapel, as it is now by Redeemer School. However, on The Kings School Grounds there is a remarkable chapel whicjh was demolished and rebuilt stone by stone when the Kings School moved from Parramatta to its present site on the former property of James Burns in North Parramatta. To put it all together, Burnside was adjacent to Burns home and estate - having previously been his land. It is today a whole set of heritage items in a heritage precinct. I wake up many morning feeling positively historic. Ian

Margrit M. Berger (S… on November 24, 2007

Ah, that's really interesting, Ian, I wondered about the architectural style of the houses for Australia. Thank you for giving all this information about the founding and the history of the buildings.

Greetings, May

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2008

Thanks Warren.

I appreciated the prompt and the link. I haven't gone searching further, but 9 homes were in that collection. It suggests to me that I should walk outside and take a current set and complete as far as possible a record of all of the buildings that were Burnside buildings.

Glencoe, Reid, Troop, Lincluden, Strathalbyn and others should be recorded. Along with others.

I live in one!



Ian Stehbens on February 12, 2008


I am amazed at what some viewers will do with Google! A picture of Burnside has you considering enrolling in the Peacebuilding Course. Remarkable. You will be most welcome, and it "will blow your mind and get your spirit soaring" to quote one of last year's delegates.

I am late with the full porspectus for the peacebuilding course for this year but it will look a lot like last year's program which is still on the Peacebuilding Initiatives website.

I will soon be off to Tonga and Fiji, and probably either East Timor or Bougainville, then later Indonesia: all on peacebuilding agendas as well as other responsibilities. The conflict in our world requires a lot of courageous and proactive response from many people. So please do consider further enrolling.

And you would be most welcome to check out Burnside again.


Ian Stehbens on November 17, 2008


guntha on February 22, 2009

My late neighbour was brought up there, He always said they were strict but fair. In loving memory of Chic Burdus

Ian Stehbens on February 22, 2009

Dear Guntha,

Thanks for your kind thoughtfulness, on behalf of your late neighbour. As I live in "Strathalbyn" which was once the Burnside Secretary's residence, I have had opportunity to meet many of the former Burnside residents, especially women who were raised in "Lincluden" [that was at first named "Gowan Brae"]. Generally their stories have the same theme as Chic has shared with you - some more positive, some more confused.


Ian Stehbens on May 25, 2010

Thanks for the compliment and your visit, Stefan. I see you have travelled widely and included a fair bit of Australia in your travels.

Best wishes from Brisbane.


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