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Ru Rua Nursing Home (1978 - 1989)

Disability Institution, Government-run and Home

Ru Rua Nursing Home opened in North Adelaide in 1978. It provided accommodation for children and young adults with severe and multiple disabilities. In 1981, Estcourt House at Grange was renovated, and Ru Rua Nursing Home moved to these upgraded premesis. In 1982, it became part of the newly created Intellectual Disability Services Council. Ru Rua Nursing Home closed in 1989, by which time residents had relocated to group homes in Adelaide and two country locations.



1978 - 1981
Location - Ru Rua Nursing Home was situated at Barton Terrace West, North Adelaide. Location: North Adelaide
1981 - 1989
Location - Ru Rua Nursing Home was situated at Military Road, Grange. Location: Grange

Related Organisations

  • Estcourt House (1894 - 1978)

    The Ru Rua Nursing Home moved from North Adelaide and took over the building that was Estcourt House in 1981.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'DIRC - Timeline 1900-1999', in History of Disability in South Australia, Disability Information and Resource Centre Inc, 2007,; Email from Richard Bruggemann, former CEO of the Intellectual Disability Services Council, 4 October 2023, held in the Find & Connect project files.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George