Kennion Cottage was the new name given to Garden Cottage after it moved to Ferryden Park in 1984. Run by the Anglican Church of Australia, Kennion Cottage was designed to accommodate around eight to ten children in a home-like atmosphere. Kennion Cottage closed in May 1990.
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. These included Kennion Cottage which was the new name given to Garden Cottage after it moved from Walkerville to Glasgow Street, Ferryden Park in 1984.
Kennion Cottage was designed to accommodate around eight to ten children in a home-like atmosphere which potentially allowed for more individual attention. In the late 1980s it accommodated a number of boys of around 14 years of age, one of who was in residence for two years. The Cottage was staffed by Cottage parents.
Kennion Cottage closed in May 1990.
Kennion Cottage was one of the institutions that came under scrutiny for allegations of abuse during the Children in State Care Inquiry 2004-2008.
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. Email from Janette Linton, Information Analyst at AnglicareSA, re closing date of Kennion Cottage received 13 July 2017.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 17 February 2011, Last modified: 20 July 2017