About Berry Street
We started out in Melbourne in 1877, as the Berry Street Babies’ Home, caring for abandoned babies and mothers with no shelter or support.
Today we’re one of Australia’s larger child and family services organisations. We continue to help those who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.
140 Years: Restoring Trust and Hope
In 2017, Berry Street celebrated its 140th birthday – and we've published a history book to commemorate it.
The book charts the history of Berry Street across three centuries from its beginnings as Melbourne’s Berry Street Babies’ Home in 1877 to its current status as Victoria’s largest independent child and family services organisation. Interestingly, Berry Street’s history is Melbourne’s history and also traces the development of children’s and women’s rights in Victoria.