Colebrook Home

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Colebrook Home was a South Australian institution for Australian Aboriginal children run by the United Aborigines Mission from 1924 (named Colebrook in 1927) to 1981, existing at four different locations over its lifetime.


Colebrook Home existed at four separate locations through its lifetime.

The United Aborigines Mission first established a home in 1924 near Oodnadatta, although it was not known as Colebrook Home at that time.[1]

The home then moved to a place called Colebrook, just outside Quorn in 1927, where it became known as Colebrook Home.[1]Adelaide businessman and philanthropist A. E. Gerard (1877–1950), who was involved with the foundation of Colebrook, wrote about its early days in his publication History of the UAM (1944).

In 1944 it was moved to Eden Hills, just outside Adelaide. That site closed in 1972, and is now the site of the Colebrook Reconciliation Park. The original Colebrook at Quorn is now a small Aboriginal community.[1]

Its last location was in Blackwood, a hills suburb of Adelaide.[2]


Colebrook Home was mentioned in the Bringing Them Home Report (1997) as an institution that housed Indigenous children forcibly removed from their families.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Colebrook Home". Flinders Ranges Research. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Colebrook Home (1927-1981)". Find and Connect. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Report 'Bringing them Home' (Chapter Eight)". Australian Human Rights Commission. April 1997. Retrieved 28 June 2019.[verification needed]