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Organisation Oodnadatta Children's Home (1924 - 1964)
- Care Provider, Children's Home and Non-denominational
[Taken from the South Australian guide Finding Your Own Way]
Oodnadatta was the first mission station established by the United Aborigines Mission in South Australia. It was started by Missionary Miss Annie Lock in 1924.
Initially housed in an iron shed, the children were soon moved to a small cottage purchased by the South Australian Council of the UAM in 1926. The following year the twelve children resident in the home were moved to Quorn along with Matron Ruby Hyde who had been caring for the children since 1925.
In 1948 a measles epidemic in the area aroused the concern of Dr Charles Duguid. He encouraged the establishment of a home to care for Aboriginal children who might be afflicted with the disease. That year the South Australian Council of the UAM, which in 1947 had legally separated from the Victorian-based Federal body, reopened the Oodnadatta Children's Home. Mr Noel and Mrs Iris Wiley ran the home initially caring for twelve children. During 1949-1950 more children were admitted and the new superintendents, Mr and Mrs Turnbull, cared for fifteen residents with the assistance of two Aboriginal helpers. Reverend L Reece and his wife took charge from 1951. From the mid 1950s until the closure of the home, Ruth Bullpit (later Tuffin) was housemother. She cared for between thirteen and seventeen children, usually with the help of an assistant. Until 1956 Aboriginal children were prohibited from attending the Oodnadatta school. Children living in the home were therefore educated by missionaries at the Mission School. The home at Oodnadatta closed in 1964.
- 1924 - 1964
- Oodnadatta Children's Home situated at Oodnadatta. Location: Oodnadatta
Records Managed by
- Dallwitz, John and Fazio, Daniel, White to Black: Oodnadatta School 1892-1992, Oodnadatta Aboriginal School, 1992. Details
- Gerard, A E, United Aborigines Mission (of Australia): an outline of the history of the mission particularly in South Australia, Adelaide, 1950. Details
- Gibson, Jen and Shaw, Bruce, Invasion and Succession: an Aboriginal history of the Oodnadatta region, Department of Environment and Planning, Adelaide, 1988. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://www.salinkup.com.au/content.php?page_id=4.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 15 February 2011, Last modified: 6 August 2012