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Tasmania - Organisation

Karadi (c. 1960 - 1980?)

From
c. 1960
To
1980?
Categories
Catholic, Home and Maternity Home

Karadi opened in Launceston around 1960. It was attached to the Queen Victoria Hospital. Karadi was originally a hostel for the relatives of out of town patients. Later it housed expectant mothers from King and Flinders Islands. The Catholic Welfare Family Bureau used Karadi for single mothers and organised adoptions from there. It closed around 1980.

Details

According to Anne Cunningham, the families of young single mothers would send them to Karadi from southern Tasmania to conceal their pregnancies. There was such a stigma attached to these pregnancies that they were only allowed to leave the premises after dark.

Location

1960 - 1980?
Location - Karadi was in Launceston. Location: Launceston

Related Glossary Terms

  • Adoption

    The staff at Karadi organised adoptions.

Related Organisations

Publications

Reports

  • Cunningham, Anne, Background paper for the Minister of Community and Health Services on issues relating to historical adoption practices in Tasmania, Department of Community and Health Services, Hobart, 4 December 1996, 81 pp. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Cunningham, Anne, Background paper for the Minister of Community and Health Services on issues relating to historical adoption practices in Tasmania, Department of Community and Health Services, Hobart, 4 December 1996, 81 pp; Joint Select Committee, Parliament of Tasmania, Adoption and Related Services 1950-1988, 1999, http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/Ctee/reports/adopt.pdf.

Prepared by: Caroline Evans