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Lawson Cottage (1927 - 1930)

  • South Sydney Mission Rest Home at Lawson

    South Sydney Mission Rest Home at Lawson, 10 December 1927
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From
1927
To
1930
Categories
Children's Home, Cottage Home, Home and Non-denominational
Alternative Names

Lawson Cottage in the Blue Mountains, was established by the Sydney City Mission in 1927. It housed groups of girls and boys from Sydney alternately for short periods. In 1929, Stonehaven at Springwood opened as a girls' Home and boys remained at Lawson. This soon reversed and girls returned to Lawson Cottage until the girls' home, Mt Gibraltar, was opened at Bowral in 1930.

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Lawson Cottage was originally used by the Sydney City Mission as a Missionaries Rest Home. It was located at Lawson the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. In the years after World War I, the cottage was rarely used. After an unsuccessful attempt to sell the property, the Mission's Council decided to use it for the care of children.

A newspaper article from 1927 states that the cottage of eight rooms was named "Stonbee" after the superintendent of South Sydney Mission, Harold Stonham Bowden, and Mr. Beeson of Turramurra.

Begun as something of an experiment, the Lawson Cottage proved very successful and led to the establishment of much larger and grander children's homes for long-term care. The first residents, seven young girls, arrived in April 1927 and stayed for three months. They were followed by a group of boys and a pattern of caring for girls and boys alternately developed. In 1929 Stonehaven at Springwood was opened as a girls' home, while boys remained at Lawson. This arrangement was soon reversed, and the girls returned to Lawson until Mt Gibraltar at Bowral was opened.

Location

1927 - 1930
Location - Lawson Cottage was situated on San Jose Avenue, Lawson. Location: Lawson

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Books

  • Owen, June, The Heart of the City: the first 125 years of the Sydney City Mission, Kangaroo Press, 1987. Details

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South Sydney Mission Rest Home at Lawson
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South Sydney Mission Rest Home at Lawson
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Date
10 December 1927

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Sources used to compile this entry: '"Stonbee"', The Methodist, 10 December 1927, p. 16, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155364201; Owen, June, The Heart of the City: the first 125 years of the Sydney City Mission, Kangaroo Press, 1987; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.

Prepared by: Melissa Downing