Pleasant Avenue Cottage was the new name given to the Glandore Family Home in 1975. Run by the government it was situated on the ground of the former Glandore Boys' Home in Glandore. The Cottage generally accommodated six State children. Pleasant Avenue Cottage closed in 1979.
Pleasant Avenue Cottage was the new name given to the Glandore Family Home in 1975. Run by the Department for Community Welfare, the Cottage was situated at 58 Pleasant Avenue, Glandore, on the grounds of the former Glandore Boys' Home.
As with most cottage homes established during the 1960s and early 1970s, the emphasis of the Home was on smaller group, family-style care. Departmental Annual Reports from the 1960s stress the belief that cottage care allowed for more individual attention to be given to each child. The Department also felt that children who were living in cottage style accommodation and attending local schools would be less conspicuous as 'State' children. This may make it easier for them to become part of the local community. The cottage system also allowed for brothers and sisters to be placed together. Reports also noted that providing cottage care was less costly for the government than running large institutions.
Pleasant Avenue Cottage could house up to eight children but generally accommodated six. In 1979 Pleasant Avenue Cottage was closed. Two years later in 1981 the Southern Region Group Home was opened at the former site of Pleasant Avenue Cottage.
1972 - 1975 Glandore Family Home
1975 - 1979 Pleasant Avenue Cottage
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/; Mullighan, the Hon E.P., Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry: Allegations of sexual abuse and death from criminal conduct, presented to the South Australian Parliament by the Hon. E.P. Mullighan QC, Commisioner, Children in State Care Commission of Enquiry, Adelaide, South Australia, 2008, 564 pp, https://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/107201/children-in-state-care-commission-of-inquiry-introducation.pdf; Annual report of Department for Community Welfare, 1975.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 12 September 2013