Brookman Cottage was the new name given to Ragless Avenue Cottage after it moved to Renown Park in 1985. It was run by the Anglican Church of Australia as a Home for children. As with other Cottage Homes, Brookman Cottage was designed to accommodate around eight to ten children in a home-like atmosphere. Brookman Cottage closed in 1989.
During the 1970s and 1980s the government encouraged non-government care providers to move away from large institutions and develop smaller group residential care for children in need. After the passing of the Community Welfare Act in 1972, non-government agencies were required to sign agreements with the government and to adhere to standards of residential care.
During the 1980s the Anglican Church opened a number of cottages and units in various areas. In 1985, when Ragless Avenue Cottage at Enfield was moved to Renown Park, it was renamed Brookman Cottage.
As with other Cottage Homes, Brookman Cottage was designed to accommodate around eight to ten children in a home-like atmosphere which potentially allowed for more individual attention.
Brookman Cottage closed in 1989.
1983 - 1985 Ragless Avenue Cottage
1985 - 1989 Brookman Cottage
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/; Mullighan, the Hon E.P., Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry: Allegations of sexual abuse and death from criminal conduct, presented to the South Australian Parliament by the Hon. E.P. Mullighan QC, Commisioner, Children in State Care Commission of Enquiry, Adelaide, South Australia, 2008, 564 pp, https://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/107201/children-in-state-care-commission-of-inquiry-introducation.pdf; Email from Robyn Radford, Archivist at Anglican Archives, with information from Anglican Child Care Services Annual Reports 1982-1995 received 1 May 2014.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 17 February 2011, Last modified: 28 November 2014