Harney Family Home was opened in Sabine Road, Rapid Creek in 1968. It was one of three Family Homes established in the Darwin area that year. The other Homes were Hamilton Family Home and Chinnery Family Home.
Harney Family Home, named after a former officer of the Welfare Branch, was a purpose-built five bedroom residence. It was established by the Welfare Branch of the Northern Territory Administration to provide long term accommodation for up to nine children, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. The Home was managed by a Cottage Mother and her husband. They received rent-free accommodation and were paid a subsidy for each child under their care as well as a supervisory allowance.
The Home took in children from babies to teenagers for various periods of time, often long term, and had the capacity to take in a number of children from a single family.
From 1972, the Harney Family Home was run by the Welfare Division which had replaced the Welfare Branch. From the end of 1972 until 1974 the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs took over control of child welfare in the Northern Territory and was therefore responsible for all government Homes for children. From 1974 the Home came under the control of the Community Welfare Section of the Northern Territory Administration. Records suggest that by 1974 the Harney Family Home took in mainly older children, aged between 15 and 17.
Harney Family Home continued to operate through the 1970s. Although the building was damaged by Cyclone Tracy in December 1974, it was considered to be structurally sound and able to be rehabilitated.
The closing date of this Home is yet to be determined.
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07 February 2019
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