Northcott Disability Services

Northcott was established as The NSW Society for Crippled Children in 1929 by the Rotary Club of Sydney[1]in response to the growing number of children left with the effects of illnesses such as polio and tuberculosis.

Today, Northcott helps more than 13,000 children and adults with disabilities, their families and carers across NSW and the ACT. Northcott provides more than 100 services and programs

Northcott's purpose is to build an inclusive society. This is achieved by assisting people with disabilities to develop their skills, achieve their goals - including their potential for independence and ability to participate in their communities.[2]

Northcott provides services from 31 sites across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW. There are offices in regional NSW including; Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Moree, Oak Flats, Penrith, Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Casula, Ballina, Mayfield, Campbelltown, Wyong, Hornsby, Mona Vale and Wagga Wagga.

May Gibbs, creator of the Gumnut Babies, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, bequeathed 50% of her royalties, from the designs of her bush characters, to Northcott in 1969 when she died.[3][4][5]


  1. Sir Kenneth Coles, James Donaldson (1976). The History Of The New South Wales Society For Crippled Children. The New South Wales Society for Crippled Children. p. 1. ISBN 0-9599383-2-X.
  2. Fletcher, Beverley N (1998). Breaking the Barriers - The Story of The Northcott Society. North Parramatta: The Northcott Society. pp. v. ISBN 1-876067-99-3.
  3. "May Gibbs Bequest". Northcott Society. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  4. "May Gibbs Related Sites". Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  5. "Nutcote - Home of May Gibbs". Retrieved 2008-09-09.

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