In this place: a history of the Migration Museum site

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Sunday, 8th May 2016 till Tuesday, 12th May 2020

The buildings that now house the Migration Museum were once part of Adelaide’s Destitute Asylum. This site, which had been Kaurna land for millennia, was occupied by Europeans from the late 1830s.  A new exhibition has opened which tells the story of the site, from the early Native School Establishment, through the use as a Desitute Asylum, and later usage by the SA Government Department of Chemistry.

Research for the exhibition has uncovered the names and birthdates of the 1678 babies born at the Destitute Asylum between 1880 and 1909, and we remember these children through a memorial artwork in the gallery.  Touch-screen interactives allow visitors to explore some of the original documents used by the Destitute Board, and to investigate the stories of several families.

The new exhibition is in the former Lying-in Home building, purpose built in 1878. After 1918 the Lying In Home and Mother's Ward buildings were used by the SA Government Chemistry Department until 1978, and the Migration Museum opened in 1986.

Permanent exhibition
Location: 
Migration Museum
82 Kintore Avenue
Adelaide, SA 5000
Australia
Fees: 
Free

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My 3rd Great Grandmother Sarah Hailes died here Aug 16 1896 after her family could no longer care for her.

My 3rd Great Grandmother Sarah Hailes died here Aug 16 1896 after her family could no longer care for her.

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That's very sad, Julia, thankyou for sharing your family story with us.  

I too have a relative that died while at the destitute asylum.  He was buried in a pauper's grave in the west tce cemetery 

My 3rd great grand parents died in the Kintore Avenue Adelaide Asylum

John Boon died 3 February 1894 buried somewhere in the West Terrace Cemetery unable to find locate

Ann Boon nee Hill died 31 December 1897 buried in West Terrace Cemetery with many others on Road 5 - Path No: 27 - A/E/W: W - Site No; 27

Corinne Ball's picture

Do you have details, Kerryn?  You can email me at the museum :-)

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Thankyou for that interesting info, Kerryn.  Did you know you can request to look at the DA registers at State Records at the State Library?

Corinne Ball's picture

Thanks for that info, Jeanne. Did you know you can request to look at the DA registers at State Records reading room at Cavan?  It reopens 19th January 2016

I'm fairly sure according to articles my 3rd Great Grandfather Neri Tucker he painted the Destitute Asylum for the Architect in Chiefs Department in 1879 and consulted over the paint finishes

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That's great, Jo, if you have any further information I'd love it if you could email me at the museum :-)

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