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New South Wales - Organisation

Bimbadeen Girls Home (1969 - 1974)

  • Existing driveway and entry showing western wing

    Existing driveway and entry showing western wing, 2011, courtesy of Louise Thom.
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From
1969
To
1974
Categories
Children's Home, Government-run and Home

Bimbadeen Girls Home in Cootamundra was established in 1969 by the New South Wales Department of Child Welfare in the buildings that had been used by the Cootamundra Girls Training Home. It housed Aboriginal girls, including some who had lived in Cootamundra Girls Training Home, and also some non-Aboriginal girls. Bimbadeen Girls Home closed in 1974.

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Bimbadeen Girls Home was established in 1969 when the Aborigines Welfare Board was shut down and the Cootamundra Girls Training Home was closed. It was first run by the New South Wales Child Welfare Department, which later became the Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare and then was called the Department of Youth and Community Services.

Some girls who had been in Cootamundra Girls Training Home remained on site at Bimbadeen, under the care of the Child Welfare Department. Non-Aboriginal girls were also sent to Bimbadeen. The institution closed when the government reviewed residential accommodation for children.

Bimbadeen is owned by the Young Aboriginal Land Council and since 1979 has been run by the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship as a training centre.

Location

1969 - 1974
Address - Bimbadeen Girls Home was situated at 39 Rinkin Street, Cootamundra. Location: Cootamundra

Timeline

 1911 - 1969 Cootamundra Training Home
       1969 - 1974 Bimbadeen Girls Home

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Existing driveway and entry showing western wing
Title
Existing driveway and entry showing western wing
Type
Image
Date
2011
Source
Louise Thom

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls' Training Home', in State Heritage Register, Heritage Council, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 2012, http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5061346.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry