Clark Cottage at 28 William Street, Clarence Park, was acquired by the Children's Welfare and Public Relief Department in1962. It was one of a number of properties purchased by the government in the 1960s to be used as cottage style accommodation for State children. Departmental Annual Reports from the period stress the belief that cottage style care would enable greater individual attention for each child and that children living in cottage style accommodations would be less conspicuous as 'State' children.
After some renovation, Clark Cottage was opened on 31 January 1963 and accommodated up to ten children. Children attended local schools and churches. Miss EM Dobbin was the first cottage mother. Clark cottage was named after Miss CE Clark who was an early member of the State Children's Council.
Clark cottage closed on 24 May 1979. The site was then used for the Southern Region Admission Unit.
08 April 2021
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