Cootamundra Home began as the Cootamundra hospital, in operation from 1897 to 1910, and reopened in 1911 as the Cootamudra Domestic Training Home for Aboriginal Girls. It was maintained by the Aborigines Welfare Board until 1968. This was the place where Aboriginal girls were placed after forcible removal from their parents under the Aborigines Protection Act of 1909. The idea was to segregate 'part-Aboriginal' children from their families and assimilate them into the mainstream community. The girls were not allowed to remain in any contact with their families, and were later sent to work as domestic servants. The building that housed the Home was later taken over by the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship as a Christian vocational, cultural and agricultural training centre called Bimbadeen College.
Institutionalisation of Aboriginal children at Cootamundra Girls Home, and its affects on their lives; history of Cootamundra Girls Home; removal of children from families; interviews with Aboriginal women and former staff of Cootamundra; daily life; punishments; girls trained to be domestic servants, and their experiences; Aboriginal protection and welfare policies in New South Wales
100 leaves; ill., ports, maps
Interviews conducted as part of research project on Cootamundra Girls Home
Field tape number(s): PK1-PK9; Field tape description(s): 9 x cassettes; Field tape speed(s) 4.75; Mono
Kabaila, Peter deposited on 19 September 1994
A collection of photographs taken at Cootamundra Girls Home. Collection includes historical images of group portraits, education and recreation activities along with more contemporary scenes showing demolition work on the old home as well as photo portraits of former residents and staff.
Photographs taken between c1920 and 1994 at Cootamundra, NSW.
20 copynegatives: b&w; 35mm
Peter Kabaila; deposited 18 October 1994
A collection of photographs taken at the site of the old Cootamundra Girls Home. Collection includes internal and external views of buildings as used by current occupants (Bimbadeen College) as well as derelict sections and artefacts dating from the 1940's. Photo portraits of some former residents are also included.
84 slides: b&w; 35mm
Peter Kabaila; deposited 29 September 1994
The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995)Monday 7 September 1987 p 2 Article Illustrated
... responsibility or the guilt for what has happened to the Aboriginal people because it was all in the distant past ... , he spoke to her again. Her story is a powerful argument for the demands being made by Aboriginal ...