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Organisation Cottage Home (1943 - c. 1950)
- c. 1950
- Care Provider, Cottage Care and Government-run
- Alternative Names
- Cottage House
- Malmesbury Cottage House
The Cottage Home was established in Edward Street, Glebe in November 1943 by the Social Services and Children of the State Department.
The Department would have preferred to build a modern home but due to the war there was not enough money for this. Instead the government bought a large brick house in Edward Street, Glebe and made structural changes and renovations to it, including putting in a hot water system. It had room for between 16 and 18 children with accommodation for the Matron and staff. By June 1944, the Matron had been appointed although the Department had difficulties finding enough staff because of a labour shortage created by the war. This meant that the home could not accommodate more than 11 children. The Department appointed an auxiliary committee of women who obtained goods for the home and offered their advice. The Department's inspecting nurses also visited the home.
According to the Annual Report of 1944:
The establishment of the home is in the nature of an experiment, but, owing to the abnormal conditions prevailing and the fact that the home has only been opened since November last, it is not yet possible to assess its value, but it is hoped it will solve some of the difficulties associated with the placement of children committed to the Care of the Department.
Unfortunately, the Annual Report does not explain why the Department had difficulties placing children.
In 1949, the Receiving Home Keeper at the Cottage Home was the daughter of the Receiving Home Keeper at the Receiving Home, Hobart. In 1950, shortly after her mother retired, the daughter became the Receiving Home Keeper there.
In the year ending 1950, the home moved to Cavell Street, West Hobart. Shortly after that the house in Edward Street became Rochebank Hostel.
- 1943 - 1950
- Cottage Home was in Edward Street, Glebe. Location: Glebe
1943 - c. 1950 Cottage Home
1950 - 1962 Malmesbury Girls' Home
- The former Cottage Home, Rochebank Hostel and Family Group Home
- The former Cottage Home, Rochebank Hostel and Family Group Home from the side.
- The former Cottage Home, Rochebank Hostel and Family Group Home.
Sources used to compile this entry: Social Services Department: Report for year ended 1949-50, Social Services Department, Hobart, 1950; Social Services Department: report for the year ended 30 June 1961, Department of Social Services, Hobart, 1961.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 8 December 2011, Last modified: 22 April 2013