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Agency ID9742
TitleMaternal & Child Welfare Home, Toowoomba
Agency TypeResidential care facility
Start Date 19/11/1945
End Date 31/5/1977
Date NotesN/A

Provided care for mothers and infants

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Series IDTitleFromTo
4196Admissions and Discharges Register [Toowoomba] 18/9/1974 18/5/1977
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
126Health and Home Affairs Department 19/11/1945 25/9/1963
105Department of Health 26/9/1963 31/5/1977
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Information Sources

SRS 4196, Admissions & Discharges Register
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1946, Vol II, p 84
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1948-1949, Vol II, p 76
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1977, p 1879.
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The Maternal & Child Health Division of the Department of Health purchased Unara Home at Toowoomba in 1945 to establish a home for mothers and babies with problems. The Division took possession on 19 November 1945 at a cost of 6,250 pounds, together with the furniture for 1,432 pounds and ten shillings. Owing to an extreme staff shortage at its opening, this home did not function properly until May 1947.

Specialised care and attention was provided to babies (with or without their mothers) who, through some problem of feeding or management, required admittance. Full-time supervision or treatment was provided to babies admitted. Unara was also used to train Child Welfare Assistants.

The home was closed on 31 May 1977, despite considerable objections from the community.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID9742, Maternal & Child Welfare Home, Toowoomba
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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