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The plaque commemorates Aboriginal children displaced from their mother and their country.

The Retta Dixon Home was devastated by Cyclone Tracy in 1974 and closed in 1980.  Established after World War Two by missionaries Retta Dixon and her husband Leonard Long, it was a place where 'mixed descent' Aboriginal children whom Government welfare authorites had removed from their parents were sent . Today, it has joined the list of insidious institutions named by the Human Rights Commission as places for the incarceration of the Stolen Generations.


Address:Bagot & Totem Roads , Karu Park, Coconut Grove, 0810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.402778
Long: 130.855556
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Front Inscription

Karu - Child

This plaque is in recognition of Aboriginal children displaced from mother and country.

Karu Park accommodated a children`s institution named Retta Dixon Home. Similar institutions were established at Kahlin, Garden Point, Croker island and Groote Eylandt.

This plaque is dedicated to the memory of those children and their mission workers.

Source: MA
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