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.
Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938)Wednesday 24 May 1922 p 22 Article Illustrated
... Department removes them, and sends them to the Government home al Cootamundra, where they are trainedfor ... aboriginal camps are undesirable places for the girls to remain in. and, as they attain womanhood., the ...
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Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 - 1954)Friday 4 March 1927 p 8 Article
... to thank the townspeople. of Cootamundrafor: the.- interest,, they haye always taken.-.iji the ... aii(l seclusion iv.y nccessary. for the training and welfare ofitiie ..young 'girls in the home, would ...
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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 ...