My Mum remembers a little about living here at Camp Pell, mostly the fact that they ere fed porridge for breakfast and she remembers seeing all these children sitting at a long long table with bowls of steaming porridge in front of them. Every time she had porridge she would have this vision. She was about 3 years old at the time..and so my Grandma was surprised that my Mum remembered this.
The Salvation Army kept the kids clothed and fed. My Grandmother thanked God for the Salvos. However, I have since found out a bit more about Camp Pell, a recite by another person who was a bit older than my Mum who live there can be found HERE.
Once again, I am in awe of my Grandmother, having grown up in an Orphanage and not ever complained about it and now to read what Camp Pell was like for real and still not ever recall my Grandmother complain about it.... her saying "It's no gooda growling, no one will listen".
Parkville is now an education, research and health care precinct. It has beautiful tree lined park lands and ample room to exercise and stroll as you will. Now, the original guard house gates still remain. Anzac Hall is still there and it is used as a camp/ holiday spot for people from rural areas to come stay..it is Heritage Listed...let's hope it remains that way (Justin Maddern!).
The site where the camp grounds once were is now a netball/basketball venue and a new hockey stadium. They were constructed for the 2006 Commonwealth games.
Funny to mention the games, because back when the 1956 Olympics were held here in Melbourne, they evicted the last of the people who reside at Camp Pell and moved them onto other places to "clean up the look of the place so the Queen would not see such a sight on her way from the Air port to Melbourne... the good old Ostrich head in the sand syndrome !
More information on the current Urban Camp can be found HERE.