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New South Wales - Organisation

Bailey Cottage (1969 - 1979?)

Cottage Home, Home, Methodist, Protestant and Uniting Church

Bailey Cottage, in Carr Street Coogee, was bought in 1969 by the Youth Welfare Association of Australia and given to the Methodist Church's Heighway House Project. It housed some of the Hopewood 'children', who were nearing adulthood, as well as state wards and children in need of intensive counselling and support with life skills. It closed when the Heighway House Project closed, around 1979.


Bailey Cottage was named after L.O. Bailey, who was a natural health enthusiast who conducted the 'Hopewood Experiment', to raise 86 boys and girls in a controlled environment at Hopewood House. Bailey also founded the Youth Welfare Association, which took over the care of the Hopewood children after Bailey's death.

Bailey Cottage was given to the Heighway House Project and used to house some of the youngest of the Hopewood Children, who were nearing adulthood. The Heighway House Project was run by the Methodist Church. It was used by them to provide care to state wards and children needing intensive counselling.

In 1977 the Uniting Church was formed from congregations of the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Churches. The Uniting Church took over the management of the Heighway House Project. Around 1979 the residential programmes of the Heighway House Project were closed down.


1969 - c. 1979
Address - Bailey Cottage was situated at 39 Carr Street, Coogee. Location: Coogee

Related Organisations



  • Trop, Jack Dunn, A Gift of Love: The Hopewood story, 1971. Details


  • Annual report (Annual report and financial statements), Youth Welfare Association of Australia, 1948-1984. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998,; Trop, Jack Dunn, A Gift of Love: The Hopewood story, 1971.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry