A cottage Home or family cottage was a model of institutional care which began in the United Kingdom in the late nineteenth century. Along with boarding out, cottage Homes were seen as an alternative to large scale, dormitory-style accommodation. In Tasmania, cottage Homes do not appear to have been used until the mid-twentieth century and then only sporadically. They gained more popularity during the 1970s. In 2014, some children are still in cottage Homes.
The first cottage Home in Tasmania seems to have been the government-run Cottage house established in Edward Street, Glebe in 1943. Clarendon Children's Homes began to change over to cottage Home care in 1953. By the 1970s, Glenara Children's Home, St Joseph's Child Care Centre, and Rosebank Cottage for Disabled Children offered cottage accommodation. Kennerley Children's Homes continues to offer cottage accommodation.
Sources used to compile this entry: Social Services and Children of the State Department: Report for the year ended 1943-44, Social Services and Children of the State Department, Hobart, 1944.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 21 October 2011, Last modified: 2 March 2015