The idea of the children's village as a model of institutional care has its roots in the late nineteenth century (for example, Dr Thomas John Barnardo established a 'Village Home for Girls' in the 1980s in England). A children's village usually comprised several 'cottage homes', in which children were accommodated in the 'care' of cottage parents. The village model was an alternative to institutional, dormitory-style accommodation of children. Tally Ho Boys' Village is an example of the application of this model in Victoria.
Sources used to compile this entry: Howe, Renate; Swain, Shurlee, All God's Children: a centenary history of the Methodist Homes for Children and the Orana Peace Memorial Homes, Acorn Press, Kambah, ACT, 1989.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 20 August 2009, Last modified: 20 February 2015