Tambling House Family Home was opened by the government in Darwin in 1976. It replaced Tambling House which closed in 1975. Tambling House Family Home provided accommodation for a smaller number of children in a family style setting under the supervision of a cottage parents. The Home took in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. Tambling House Family Home closed in 1978 and the building became the Darwin Youth Refuge.
Tambling House Family Home was opened in Darwin by the Community Welfare Section of the Northern Territory Administration in 1976. It replaced the original Tambling House which had closed in 1975.
While Tambling House had provided dormitory style residential care, the newTambling House Family Home accommodated a smaller number of children in a family style setting. Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal were placed in the Home and in some cases family groups were kept together. Children in the Home were under the supervision of cottage parents who received rent-free accommodation and were paid a subsidy for each child under their care as well as a supervisory allowance.
Tambling House Family Home often took in children who were regarded as 'not suitable' for foster care or adoption.
Tambling House Family Home closed in 1978 and the building became the Darwin Youth Refuge.
1970? - 1975 Tambling House
1976 - 1978 Tambling House Family Home
Sources used to compile this entry: F1411 Social Development files, Box 13, SD 287, Draft Estimates 1977/78, NTAS, Darwin.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 7 November 2012, Last modified: 15 December 2014