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Glossary Term Cottage home
- Glossary Term and Type of 'care'
Cottage homes or family cottages were a model of institutional 'care' which began in the United Kingdom in the late nineteenth century. Along with 'boarding out', cottage home accommodation was seen as a preferred alternative to congregate, dormitory-style accommodation.
As early as 1885 the Way Commission - a South Australian inquiry into the workings of the Destitute Board - recommended a shift from large institutional care to cottage homes.
In the Northern Territory the Aborigines Inland Mission established cottages after a 1953 inquiry by a patrol officer into conditions in the Retta Dixon Home and other mission homes.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 8 November 2011, Last modified: 12 June 2012