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“May 1919. A report from Rev J H Sexton, to the Advisory Council of Aborigines. One of the most delightful features of the work at Koonibba is the Children’s Home. It is a fine substantial structure and there are over 60 children accommodated there.
There are three matrons to look after the home. These are assisted by native girls who are trained to do washing, ironing, baking, mending, as well as other features of domestic life.
Chronicle. 1934, “Children are housed in a commodious home under the direction of Miss Jaensch, with Miss Orsten and Sister Duldig as assistants. Under her regime, system reigns supreme, with cleanliness evident everywhere. In the dormitories everything is orderly, the bathroom is somewhat crowded, but the kitchen, laundry and bakehouse are all that could be desired. When, to these is added a commodious hall for lectures, games and the like, and which in the day time is used as a sewing class for the elder girls, it will be understood how complete are the arrangements….”
The home is well managed, splendid order and discipline being maintained. The children have come from every quarter and it is a pleasure to see those well cared for and happy. The discipline of the home is softened by hours of relaxation for workers and children, and the happy blending of work and play seems completely to satisfy every requirement of the growing child. Side by side with attention to their physical wellbeing, the moral and spiritual side of their nature receives every attention.