Sunnyfield School, also known as Sunnyfield Children's Home, was a special school for children with intellectual disabilities at Manly Vale. Children stayed over the school holidays, so it also functioned as a disability institution. It was started by the Sunnyfield Branch of the Sub-Normal Children's Welfare Association, which became the Sunnyfield Association in 1956. It was a children's home until around 1981.
Sunnyfield was described in an Australian Women's Weekly article in 1956 as a home for mentally retarded children. Another article, in 1975, mentions fund-raising efforts to support the Home.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'People and Fashion', Australian Women's Weekly, 1 October 1975, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55186145; Sunnyfield History, Sunnyfield disAbility Services, 2014, https://web.archive.org/web/20170219073916/http://www.sunnyfield.org.au/about-sunnyfield/sunnyfield-history; Earl, Dave, Caring for the Children. Forever: Parent-run organisations for children with disabilities in New South Wales, 1950-1968, The University of Sydney, 2007, https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxJ40rvOKOpBYjJlZTBkNGMtZmEzMy00Mzc5LWI5YjEtMzA0ZWUxM2U5ZjI0/edit?pli=1&hl=en_GB#; Sobel, Lynne, 'A chance to lead a normal life', Australian Women's Weekly, 24 October 1956, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/51383227.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 19 May 2014, Last modified: 7 November 2017