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Published June 4th 2016
This former reformatory could change your ways
Glandore Community Centre, Originally Edwardstown Girls Reformatory
While driving along Cross Road south of Adelaide recently, I was forced to detour due to roadworks. As I drove through the back streets of Glandore I was surprised to find a collection of very old buildings set in a park. I had stumbled across the Glandore Community Centre run by the City of Marion, and couldn't resist having a look around the historic site.
History of the Community Centre
Originally built as the Edwardstown Girls Reformatory in 1890, these buildings housed girls who had been sentenced in court to a reformatory for committing offences such as larceny. Prior to this children were kept aboard the leaky ship Fitzjames at Largs Bay, with girls later being housed at the Magill reformatory.
Clark Building at the Community Centre, Later Part of Edwardstown Industrial School
The three main buildings of Edwardstown Girls Reformatory were named Faith, Hope and Charity. They offered first, second and third class dormitory accommodation depending upon the girls' behaviour. The third class accommodation included cells.
Glandore Industrial School Dormitory (Image: State Records)
In 1898 the girls were moved out to other reformatories and the site became Edwardstown Industrial School for State children until 1949. After the suburb changed name to Glandore, it was called the Glandore Industrial School, then Glandore Children's Home until 1966, and finally Glandore Boys' Home until 1973. For a complete chronology see the Find and Connect and the Care Leavers Australasia websites.
Free Things to Do Anytime The State heritage listed Glandore Community Centre still contains many of the original buildings that were built over a hundred years ago. While the property has shrunk from its original twelve acres (5 ha), there are now attractive leafy gardens separating the buildings. A fountain and rotunda provide a central focus to the gardens, and a pleasant place to relax.
With free barbeques and a convenient toilet nearby, Glandore Community Centre is well suited for a picnic with family and friends. Two playgrounds and a basketball net on the site provide plenty of fun activities for kids, and there are convenient car parks.
Free BBQ and Picnic Facilities at Glandore Community Centre
For other free things to do, there is a variety of sports kit which you can borrow free during office hours including a cricket bat, football and other balls, and a scoop ball set. Near the main entrance is a little library in a box where you're welcome to exchange books 24 hours a day (also free of charge).
Fun Things to Do Every Day Glandore Community Centre have a program of classes and activities for kids and adults that changes regularly. Join in a card afternoon ($3), do woodwork ($5), learn computers ($5), join the plant propagation group (free), or do yoga ($7).
Some of the classes change depending upon the school term, but many art classes and physical activities are available throughout the year. See the newsletter to find out what's on at the moment.
A community garden thrives in the north east corner of Glandore Community Centre which is open every Tuesday, or come to Cafe Fusion for a meal ($7) and a chat on Wednesdays.
Learn New Skills at Glandore Community Centre
Each school term a new series of classes are announced in the community centre newsletter. This month you can go to vegetarian and vegan cooking workshops (from May 31), take clay sculpture classes (from June 10), paint in watercolours (Mondays), or take a Weed Walk and Talk (June 18). The classes are quite inexpensive, and more cost effective than WEA classes. See the current newsletter for more.
Want to Find Out More? Glandore Community Centre is open from Monday to Friday (9am - 4pm) and on Saturday mornings (9am - 12pm). Call in to the Community Centre at 25 Naldera Street, Glandore, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 8371 113. The staff are very helpful, and may have details of new courses that aren't in the newsletter.
Buildings at Glandore Community Centre are wheelchair accessible, and it's not necessary to be a City of Marion resident to use any of these facilities.
Thanks as always Dave for your historical research.
The buildings origins sound quite harsh.
But the community garden looks great.
It is also worth noting that a community radio station broadcasts from here 24/7.
Coast FM is a great alternative to the repeat airplay of the commercial radio stations on 88.7. I always find a huge range of songs and people on the airwaves.
The Edwardstown Photographic Club meets in the Clark Building every Tuesday evening from 8pm. Come and improve your photography with presentations from experts, competitions, practical sessions, help from friendly members, and socialise at monthly Sunday photographic outings. First few visits free of charge. Just turn up. Discount for concession card holders. Check the club website atwww.e-p-c.org.au or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EdwardstownPhotographyClub/) for more information.