Hocking House, in Toowoomba, was a family group home co-located with Horton House. It was run by the Salvation Army. It opened in 1966 and became part of the renamed Horton Village in 1976.
As a result of the 1960s move towards providing care for children in smaller cottages, work began on building two cottage units on the land surrounding Horton House in 1965. The foundation stones were laid by Mr Anderson MLA on 28 July 1965 and Alford House and Hocking House were opened by Mr J Herbert MLA on 6 April 1966.
Each cottage housed up to 16 children with house parents.
In 1976 the whole complex became known as Horton Village.
Sources used to compile this entry: Burley, Lacey, 'Horton Village helps the disabled', Chronicle, 31 March 2009, http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/horton-village-helps-disabled-build-skills/199129/; Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001. pp.52-53.; Horton Village History sheet, copied from the Horton Village Policy and Procedure Manual and given to Lee Butterworth on 23 October 2012.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 4 April 2014, Last modified: 24 April 2018