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Umeewarra Mission Home, Davenport Reserve (1964 - 1995)

From
1964
To
1995
Categories
Children's Home, Government-run, Home, Protestant and School

Umeewarra Mission Home, Davenport Reserve continued the role of the Umeewarra Mission Children's Home from 1964 after the Mission was taken over by the government and became Davenport Reserve. The Home continued to be run by former superintendent and his wife and it accommodated a small number of Aboriginal children. The local Aboriginal community council took control of the Reserve in 1968. From the 1970s children from the Home were placed in foster care by the government. A small number of children remained in the Home in a foster care arrangement with the former mission superintendent and his wife until the Home closed in 1995.

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Umeewarra Mission Home, Davenport Reserve continued the role of the Umeewarra Mission Children's Home from 1964 after the Mission was taken over by the government and became Davenport Reserve. Davenport Reserve lay four kilometres north of Port Augusta. The Home continued to be run by former superintendent and his wife and it accommodated a smaller number of Aboriginal children, mostly from the local community. The school at the Reserve was taken over by the Education Department.

In 1968 an Aboriginal Community Council took over the administration of the Davenport Reserve. The Home continued to accommodate Aboriginal children for a number of years. During the 1970s most of the children remaining in the Home were placed into foster care by the government as it worked towards closing down all large congregate care institutions. A small number of children remained in the Home in a foster care arrangement with the former mission superintendent and his wife. The main dormitory in the Home was renovated and redesigned for this purpose. The last two children left the Home in 1995 when the superintendent and his wife retired and moved to new premises.

Umeewarra Mission Home was mentioned (as Umewarra Mission) in the Bringing Them Home Report (1997) as an institution that housed Indigenous children removed from their families.

Location

1964 - 1995
Location - Davenport Reserve was situated four kilometres north of Port Augusta at Reece Drive. Location: Port Augusta

Timeline

 1937 - 1964 Umeewarra Mission Children's Home
       1964 - 1995 Umeewarra Mission Home, Davenport Reserve

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Publications

Online Resources

  • Bringing them home: National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, Commonwealth of Australia: Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, 1997, 689 pp, http://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/bringing-them-home-1997. Umeewarra Mission Home was mentioned (as Umewarra Mission) in the Bringing Them Home Report (1997) as an institution that housed Indigenous children removed from their families. Details
  • George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/. Details

Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George