The Tamworth Boys Home was opened in 1947. On 16 December, the ABC's 7.30 report carried a story (video and transcript here) on the horrors of the place.
That same day, ABC news carried a further story with a little more detail. The photo is from that story. Back in 1999, Submission - Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care, outlined the experience of another inmate at the institution. You will find the archival records for the Home here.
It's just a small snippet of New England's history, but one that I thought that I should record.
I have the strong impression that the Second World War period saw a distinct harshening in aspects of Australian life. However, that's something that I will explore further on the New England history blog.