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Organisation Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff Inc (1890 - )
- Care Provider, Holiday Home, Home and Non-denominational
- Alternative Names
- Ministering Children's League (Cottage-by-the-sea) (1890 - 1985)
- Ministering Children's League Inc. (1985 - 1998)
The Cottage By The Sea was established in 1895. It initially housed convalescing children for two or three week stays, but over time received children in general need. Since 2010, Cottage By The Sea provides short-term relief care for children whose families are experiencing difficulties.
The 'Cottage By The Sea' was established to provide care and accommodation for children recovering from illness. The Ministering Children's League, a British organisation founded in 1884, established a branch in Victoria in 1890, and purchased a clifftop property in Queenscliff. The Cottage received its first children in 1895. Convalescing children went to the Cottage for 2 or 3 week stays at Queenscliff, where the children were 'afforded the benefit of health-giving sea breezes and bathing'.
For many years, the Ministering Children's League organised a popular annual event, a visit by steamer to Queenscliff for supporters of the Cottage By The Sea.
In 1899, Miss Sargeant was the Matron at Queenscliff, thus described in an article in the Spectator newspaper: 'Like a ministering angel Mrs Sargeant watches over her charges, and with mother-love and trained skill she nurses them'.
Miss Amelia Chinn was a long-serving matron at Cottage-By-The-Sea. She was there for 22 years until she died suddenly in 1928.
In 1936, the Ministering Children's League launched an appeal for building works at Queenscliff. The construction of a new 'cottage' was completed in 1938.
A year later, the Queenscliff property was taken over by the Department of Defence, and it was used as a military hospital. The League managed to rent another property (known as 'Happy Days'), in the Melbourne seaside suburb of Black Rock. The Queenscliff cottage was returned to the League in 1943.
In 1942, the League bought another property in Sandringham, known as 'The Lodge'. Until The Lodge was sold in 1953, children had holidays at either Sandringham or Queenscliff.
Over time, the Cottage received children who were in general need, and its focus shifted from being a convalescent home to child and family welfare. In 2010, Cottage By The Sea is committed to providing, short-term relief care for children whose families are experiencing difficulties.
- 1890 - 1939
- The Cottage By The Sea is situated on Flinders Street, Queenscliff. Location: Queenscliff
- The Cottage By The Sea relocates from Queenscliff to a house known as 'Happy Days' in Black Rock. Location: Black Rock
- 1942 - 1953
- The Cottage By The Sea has a second property, The Lodge, at Sandringham. Location: Sandringham
- The Cottage By The Sea property on Flinders Street, Queenscliff is reopened as a children's holiday home. Location: Queenscliff
- Sea breezes, Ministering Children's League, 1900-1939. Details
- ''Cottage by the Sea Picnic'', The Argus, 13 January 1933, p. 5. Also available at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4519182. Details
- ''For 40 kiddies, a new world was opening'', The Argus, 15 December 1954, p. 13. Also available at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23453100. Details
- Duff, G.B., 'Social work of the Church: child rescue agencies of Melbourne', The Spectator, 23 June 1899. Details
- Annual reports: Ministering Children's League, Ministering Children's League, 1962-1997. Details
- Seaside Home: Gift to Mission, The Argus, 30 September 1930, 6 pp, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12494676. Details
- 'Submission no 506', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care: Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, 2005, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist.htm. Details
- Cottage By The Sea Queensliff, History 1890-2007, Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff Inc., 2007, http://www.cottagebythesea.com.au/docs/templates/top_h/i/history.pdf. Details
- Cottage by the Sea Commemorative Keepsake, This is an issue of the newsletter for Cottage by the Sea, published to mark its 120th anniversary., Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff Inc., 2010, http://www.cottagebythesea.com.au/docs/templates/top_h/i/newsletter_summer_2010.pdf. Details
- The Cottage By The Sea
- Accession number H96.160/451
- Ministering Children's League Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff
- c. 1906
- Accession number H33675/20
- Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff Inc.
- c. 2010
Sources used to compile this entry: Cottage By The Sea Queensliff, History 1890-2007, Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff Inc., 2007, http://www.cottagebythesea.com.au/docs/templates/top_h/i/history.pdf; Duff, G.B., 'Social work of the Church: child rescue agencies of Melbourne', The Spectator, 23 June 1899.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 9 July 2010, Last modified: 8 May 2013