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Cootamundra Domestic Training Home for Aboriginal Girls (1911 - 1986)

From
1911
Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
To
1986
Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
Occupations
Training institution

Summary

Cootamundra Home began as the Cootamundra hospital, in operation from 1897 to 1910, and reopened in 1911 as the Cootamudra Domestic Training Home for Aboriginal Girls. It was maintained by the Aborigines Welfare Board until 1968. This was the place where Aboriginal girls were placed after forcible removal from their parents under the Aborigines Protection Act of 1909. The idea was to segregate 'part-Aboriginal' children from their families and assimilate them into the mainstream community. The girls were not allowed to remain in any contact with their families, and were later sent to work as domestic servants. The building that housed the Home was later taken over by the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship as a Christian vocational, cultural and agricultural training centre called Bimbadeen College.

Sources used to compile this entry: Horton, David (ed.). The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, Vol. 1, Aboriginal Studies Press for AIATSIS, Canberra, 1994, p. 228.

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Archival resources

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

  • Cootamundra : the Aboriginal Girls Home, MS 3321:MS 3322; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Details
  • Cootamundra Girls Home and former residents, KABAILA.P2.CS (115058-115117); Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Details
  • Cootamundra Girls Home and former residents, KABAILA.P3.BW (N5882); Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Details
  • Cootamundra Girls Home and Former Residents, KABAILA.P3.BW (N5882); Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Details
  • Oral history of Cootamundra Girls Home, KABAILA_P02; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Details

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