Wiltja Hostel for Aboriginal girls was opened in November 1956 at 17 East Avenue Millswood by the Aborigines Advancement League. Sometimes referred to as the Millswood Girls' Home the Hostel's purpose was to provide accommodation for girls who were attending secondary school in Adelaide. Many girls remained at the Hostel during their first year of work after leaving school.
In 1978 the Hostel ceased to operate as a Hostel for Aboriginal girls and became a boarding home for adult Aboriginal people visiting the city. In 1980 the Aborigines Advancement League leased the property to the Education Department and two years later that department purchased the Hostel.
The Correspondence files of the Aborigines Office and its successors are the major series of correspondence of the state government department responsible for the administration of Aboriginal affairs in the period 1866 through to 1969. The files include letters, memoranda, reports and many other documents. Files relate to individuals, families, Missions, Homes. Policies and many other subjects.
State Records of South Australia
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The collection Records of the Aborigines Advancement League held by Stste Library of South Australia includes infdormation relating to Wiltja Hostel, Millswood.
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25 June 2014
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