CAFS Legacy & Research Centre

Explore the history of Ballarat’s Child and Family Services (CAFS), beginning with our genesis as the Ballarat District Orphan Asylum through to the organisation as it operates today.


Serving the Ballarat community for the entirety of our existence, we have changed and grown with the city. Our affinity with the people who have walked through our doors has been unwavering, continuously informing our actions as a welfare organisation.

We are immensely proud of the role we have played in helping some of the district’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable families, and will strive to continue this legacy into the future.

What was it like to grow up in an orphanage?

Find out on Ballarat Heritage Weekend, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May 2019

Dive into a unique audio visual experience at Cafs Legacy & Research Centre. Watch amazing history come to life and discover how this remarkable organisation has supported our region’s most vulnerable people over the past 154 years.

Admission is by Gold Coin donation.
Wheelchair friendly – no pets please.

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