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New South Wales - Glossary Term

Cottage Homes

Cottage Homes or family cottages were a model of institutional 'care' which began in the United Kingdom in the late nineteenth century. Along with 'boarding out', cottage Home accommodation was seen as an alternative to congregate, dormitory-style accommodation (although cottage Homes could house up to 40 children). The Mittagong Cottage Homes provided specialised care to small groups of children who were not considered healthy or behaviourally stable enough to benefit from boarding out. Organisations such as Burnside adopted the practice as their primary mode of care.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry