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Northern Territory - Glossary Term

Cottage Home

Type of 'care'

Cottage Homes were a model of institutional 'care' which began in the United Kingdom in the late nineteenth century. Along with boarding out, cottage Home accommodation was seen as a preferred alternative to congregate, dormitory-style accommodation. As early as 1885 the Way Commission - a South Australian inquiry into the workings of the Destitute Board - recommended a shift from large institutional care to cottage Homes. In the Northern Territory the Aborigines Inland Mission established cottages after a 1953 inquiry by a patrol officer into conditions in the Retta Dixon Home and other mission Homes.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George