Garden Cottage was one of the Cottage Homes that were established at Kennion House at Walkerville in the mid to late 1970s. The others included Fuller Street Cottage and Smith Street Cottage. Run by the Anglican Church, Garden Cottage was previously the annexe of Kennion House and it accommodated boys between 13 and 17 years of age. In 1984 Garden Cottage was moved to Ferryden Park and renamed Kennion Cottage.
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.
In the mid to late 1970s Kennion House at Smith Street, Walkerville, began to restructure its operation and created a number of smaller Cottage Homes from its original buildings. Garden Cottage had been the annexe of Kennion House. The house of the deputy superintendent became Fuller Street Cottage and the original superintendent's house became Smith Street Cottage. Each Cottage functioned as a separate group home.
Garden Cottage was used to accommodate boys between the age of 13 and 17 years.
In 1984 the Kennion House property was to be put up for sale and so Garden Cottage was moved to Glasgow Street, Ferryden Park and renamed Kennion Cottage.
1976 - 1984 Garden Cottage
1984 - 1990 Kennion 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