Ingada Village was established in Carnarvon around 1975 by the Churches of Christ Federal Aborigines Mission Board Inc. It was previously known as Carnarvon Mission. Ingada Village provided accommodation and access to education and training for Aboriginal children and young people. Children included both wards of the State and ones who were admitted privately. Children lived in 'scatter cottages' on the old mission site and in the Carnarvon township. After 1984 no more children were admitted to Ingada but a few children remained until 1986.
Carnarvon Mission's name was changed to Ingada Village around 1975. In 1979, there were 84 children living at Ingada, but by 1983 the number of children fell to 32.
During the 1970s Carnarvon Mission and, later, Ingada Village established four 'scatter cottages' in the township and replaced Mission buildings with cottage homes for children on the old mission site. One of the cottages was called Carinya Scatter Cottage.
From 1984 there were no more children admitted to Ingada Village. However, a few children from Onslow remained at Ingada until 1986, when they were able to return to Onslow to continue their education.
The old mission site continued to offer accommodation and support for the elderly, with purpose-built facilities. On 28 January 2013, a fire destroyed many of the remaining mission-era buildings.
1945 - 1975? Carnarvon Mission
1975? - 1986 Ingada Village
Sources used to compile this entry: Carnarvon Mission Ingada Village [Document], Date: 22 April 2014; Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'pp. 138-141, Table 6: Young People at Carnarvon Mission (Ingada), 1979-1984', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx; Interview conducted by Debra Rosser with Avon and Deslee Moyle, Duncraig, on 15 April 2013 regarding memories of Carnavon Mission (and Ingada) and the fire that destroyed many of the remaining mission buildings in January 2013.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 14 October 2014